The University of Waterloo appreciates the remarkable opportunity that the City of Stratford has provided in welcoming us into the community. This is a long-term relationship that will be a core component of Stratford's bright economic future.
We have already experienced substantial success here in Stratford. From a standing start just three years ago, we were pleased to welcome 350 students to classes in Stratford this past September.
Our Master's graduates from past years are enjoying outstanding success finding employment in digital industries here, and around the world. The University of Waterloo is more than a world-class institution for innovation and learning. It has a rich history of being connected and contributing to make its communities better places. Over the past five years, we have lead signature events and programs that we hope have strengthened relationships between the university, the City of Stratford and beyond.
As we develop future research and academic programs, it is important to us, in addition to responding to global employment opportunities, that we respond to the specific needs of the community - viewing Stratford and area residents as co-researchers and partners in the pursuit of knowledge.
To that end, we have recently introduced a leading edge 'Living Lab' research concept at our campus. In November, the University of Waterloo Faculties of Environment, Applied Health Sciences, and Arts conducted a planning session with many community leaders. The objective was to uncover pressing challenges in the community that we may be able to help address with academic research. We've named this initiative Community Health Environment Communications (CHEC). It's too early to draw any conclusions from the discussions as yet, however we will continue to share information with our community.
It is our hope that Waterloo’s presence in the community has been a positive one to date and we look forward to a long and productive future together.
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