Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1000
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2X4
Phone: (902) 420-7500
FAX: (902) 420-7551


Historical Notes


DalTech is a constituent college of Dalhousie University, dedicated to
professional education and research in the fields of architecture, computer
science and engineering.
Founded in 1907 as the Nova Scotia Technical College (informally referred
to as "Tech"), its mandate was to carry out research and offer degree
programs in engineering with the co-operation of universities and colleges
in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and to accept students with previous
studies at the university level.
The college was established in a building on Spring Garden Road that is now
occupied by the Faculty of Architecture. The original faculty complement of
six taught courses in civil, electrical, mechanical, metallurgical and
mining engineering. The first degrees were conferred in 1910 on nine
students. Over the years, new departments of agricultural, chemical, food
science and industrial engineering were added. In 1961, a School of
Architecture was established. In 1980, Tech changed its name to the
Technical University of Nova Scotia, commonly referred to as TUNS.
Today, degrees in architecture, environmental design and urban and rural
planning are offered through the Faculty of Architecture. More recently, a
School of Computer Science was established. Since amalgamating with
Dalhousie University on April 1, 1997, the school has become a faculty in
its own right, joining with the computer science division of Dalhousie. A
co-operative degree is offered by the Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of
Computer Science and all engineering departments at the undergraduate
DalTech's commitment to graduate studies and research is worthy of special
note. In the 1950s, graduate studies programs were developed, first at the
Master's level, and then at the PhD level.
To encourage research activities, DalTech supports, or is associated with,
several research institutes and centres: Atlantic Industrial Research
Institute (AIRI); Canadian Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT); Centre
for Marine Vessel Design and Research (CMVDR); Centre for Water Resources
Studies (CWRS); Minerals Engineering Centre (MEC); Nova Scotia CAD/CAM
Centre; and the Vehicle Safety Research Team (VSRT).
In addition, an active program in international development is pursued and
there is a significant commitment to continuing education.
From a single building, DalTech has grown to become a complex of buildings
on what is now called Sexton Campus, bordered by Spring Garden Road,
Barrington Street, Queen Street and Morris Street. The facilities include a
gymnasium and an alumni/student lounge, built with funds raised by alumni,
foundations and corporations. Recently, additional nearby space has been
leased to accommodate university programs.
With impressive academic and research standing on an international level,
faculty and students are attracted to DalTech from local and national
regions, as well as from numerous other countries in the world. DalTech
graduates can be found around the globe and the university is justifiably
proud of the accomplishments of its alumni, many of whom have reached the
highest positions in their profession.