Québec has invested heavily in postsecondary education, achieving one of the highest graduation rates in OECD countries.
McGill is Canada's oldest university and holds 24th spot for overall quality in the QS World University Rankings .
Université de Montréal ranks fourth in the world among French-language universities.
Québec's universities offer numerous programs in applied sciences, including a complete range of engineering programs.
Québec is home to a large number of engineering firms, including some of the biggest names around: AECOM, CIMA+, Norda Stelo, Stantec and WSP Group, to name just a few. Over 61,000 engineers are members of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, representing close to 25% of all Canadian engineers.
For its part, the Association des ingénieurs-conseils du Québec (AICQ) (French website) boasted 41 member firms and close to 15,000 engineers working all across Québec in 2013-2014.
Québec's universities, businesses and research centres work in close cooperation. Those ties were important, for example, in fostering the creation of C2Mi and ReSMiQ , an inter-university research centre specializing in microelectronics. Such unique cooperative efforts help make Québec an innovative force in the industry.