Sherbrooke, Quebec — February 11, 2005 — Today, Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest interactive game publishers, announced the creation of the Ubisoft Campus in Montreal, a training institute which will offer a series of college and university level training programs in the key video game development fields.
“This innovative initiative is aimed at opening the gates of knowledge to a maximum number of young people who are interested in pursuing a career in the booming video game industry for their careers. The Ubisoft Campus will provide students with a comprehensive range of courses with outstanding cutting-edge instruction modelled on the video game pproduction cycle,” said Martin Tremblay, President and COO of Ubisoft’s Montreal studio. “With this major development project, we are reconfirming our educational commitment to provide support for the talent of tomorrow, while allowing us to reach our goal of creating 1,000 new jobs in Montreal by 2010.”
Sherbrooke University and Ubisoft are teaming up to offer graduate degree programs, primarily in computer science and in software engineering. Courses in programming, digital imaging and electronics will be particularly useful in helping to reduce the shortage of specialized labour in certain cutting-edge game design sectors.
To successfully carry out this initiative, Ubisoft Entertainment will invest up to CAD$16 million in different training programs, while the Government of Quebec will inject another CAD$5.3 million through its Ministry of Education. The school, which will be situated within Montreal’s Ubisoft facilities, will commence operations in the spring of 2005 with the enrolment of some 80 students. Over the next five years, 500 students and 1,000 employees should be able to benefit from the instruction offered at the Ubisoft Campus.
For more information please visit www.ubisoftcampus.com
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide. It is the fastest growing company in the videogame industry and has grown considerably through its strong and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 21 countries and sales in more than 50 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge videogame titles to consumers. Ubisoft generated revenue of € 508 million for the 2003–2004 fiscal year, an increase of 22.5% over the previous fiscal year at constant exchange rates. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com