Thursday, April 4, 2019

Waterloo makes its mark in 2019 University Impact Rankings

Waterloo's Environment 3 building.

The University of Waterloo has been ranked 13th in the world in Times Higher Education’s (THE) University Impact Rankings 2019.

THE’s pioneering initiative was developed to recognize universities across the world for their social and economic impact based on the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals. The rankings measured the efforts of more than 500 universities in 75 countries. The UN’s 17 goals aim to make the world a better place for everyone by confronting the biggest issues affecting our world. Waterloo's ranking is based on its performance in Sustainable Development Goal number 17 — Partnership for the Goals, as well as, goal 11 — Sustainable Cities and Communities, goal 13 — Climate Action and goal 10 — Reduced Inequalities.

“The University of Waterloo has long valued the principles underpinning the United Nations SDGs, particularly as they relate to gender equality, innovation and sustainability,” said Feridun Hamdullahpur. “Given the global imperative in these areas, our focus an attention will only intensify in the months and years to come.” 

In partnership with the Waterloo Global Science Initiative, Waterloo is home to Canada’s largest Faculty of Environment and is the founding institution of Canada’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Waterloo’s partnership with the UN lays out a course for a better future we can all achieve together.

The Institutional Analysis & Planning team as well as other campus stakeholders deserve a shoutout for preparing the data submission for this inaugural ranking.

Read more about the ranking on Waterloo News.

Waterloo helps Indonesian university launch co-op program

Representatives from the University of Waterloo, Indonesian universities and government officially launch a co-op office.

On March 12, Bill Duggan, the University of Waterloo’s READI Project Field Director, joined with Dr. Totok Prasetyo, Director of Institutional Development of Higher Education (Kemenristekdikti), Abdullah Mojadeddi, First Secretary of the Embassy of Canada and Prof. Djisman Simandjuntak, Rector, Prasetiya Mulya University, to open Indonesia’s first Co-operative Education Office at Prasetiya Mulya University.

As one of the READI Project’s first Indonesian university stakeholders, Prasetiya Mulya University embraced the co-operative education model immediately. They have devoted significant time and resources over the past two years to adapting their educational structure as they pioneered the development of this very effective type of work-integrated learning.

One of the READI Project’s key objectives is to introduce co-operative education to our Indonesian colleagues. Scott Davis, long-time staff member in Co-operative Education on-campus and the READI Project’s Co-op Program Officer, coached these Indonesian university and employer partners over the past two years to help them understand and develop co-op programming that best fits their education and employment systems. Students who participate in the co-op program at Prasetiya Mulya will accumulate a minimum of 1 year of work experience (the equivalent of 2 short semesters and 2 regular semesters) prior to graduation.

In his remarks, Dr. Prasetyo welcomed the implementation of co-op programming within the country’s university system to support and enhance the links between university and industry. According to Dr. Prasetyo, the purpose of higher education is to prepare students to be ready to enter the workforce.

Prasetiya Mulya’s Co-op Office was built with financial support from the READI Project. The facility includes interview rooms, online learning rooms, meeting and training rooms. Maydison Ginting, PhD, Head of Business Mathematics Department, explained that the Co-op Office is designed to facilitate participation in the co-op employment process for both students and employers. “Students can get advice on how to write their CVs and cover letters, browse information about the companies, practice their communication skills to prepare for interviews, and an introduction to online learning. The companies can visit the office to meet with students and conduct their interviews.”

Prasetiya Mulya University first launched its co-op program in 2018; to date, more than 100 students have been involved. Students are alternating their classroom study with working in various companies such as insurance, banking, e-commerce, technology, and other financial services.

An additional hallmark of success for the READI Project is the upcoming announcement by the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Kemenristekdikti) that a Ministerial Decree has been drafted to approve and regulate the implementation of Co-operative Education programming in Indonesian Higher Education legislation. This regulation will encourage and enable more Indonesian universities to implement co-op programs.

Changes to the Finance website are coming

A message from Finance.

The Finance website is getting a new look and feel!  

In order to protect and safeguard our internally-focused finance website information, faculty- and staff-directed content will be relocated to a secure CAS-authenticated Finance Resources website, leaving only generic and student-focused information available on the external Internet.

Putting internal or proprietary information behind security will also help the University prevent or reduce phishing events where the fraudster poses as a University employee with inside information or knowledge they gathered from our publicly-accessible websites.

As of April 7, visitors will see a noticeable change to the Finance website.  Website navigation headers in the left-menu which previously contained sub-menus of content and materials directed at internal audiences will instead contain call to action buttons directing users to the authenticated site.  Upon clicking on the call to action button, faculty and staff will be requested to log in via CAS to access the content.

Current Finance links saved as favourites will no longer be accessible.  The new Finance Resources site will in large part mirror the content of the previous site, so it should be fairly easy to find and set new favourites.

Also, if you have links on your faculty or department website, please make sure you update the links after April 7.

Faculty and staff can quickly connect to the new site via the Information for Staff and Faculty section of the current site. To access this content, you will be required to log in via CAS.

Prospective and current students will continue to access the information related to tuition and their student account in the same way they  have in the past. There is no change to the Student Financial Services portion of the website under Information for Students. Students will also have a more visible call to action button on the front of the Finance homepage that will redirect them to the Student Financial Services area of the site.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ashley Schatz or Corrine Krauss.

Link of the day

20 years ago: TiVo and the DVR revolution

When and where

Global Engagement Seminar Program Summit on the "Socio-Cultural and Political Implications of Artificial Intelligence", Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 4, Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Research Ethics drop-in training session, Wednesday, April 3, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Dana Porter Library.

Webinar: Copyright and Your Thesis, Wednesday, April 3, 10:30 a.m.

Co-op Tool UX Testing, Wednesday, April 3, 12:30 p.m., TC 1112.

Communication Speaks! Colloquium featuring Shana McDonald and David Janzen, Wednesday, April 3, 1:00 p.m., EV2 2002.

Balinese Gamelan Ensemble Concert, Wednesday, April 3, 7:30 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation’s WICI Complex Systems Student Project Symposium, Thursday, April 4, 12:00 p.m., SNC 0801.

“Sulphur Water” and the Legacy Gas Wells of Southwestern Ontario, delivered by Prof. Maurice Dusseault and Richard Jackson, Thursday, April 4, 2:30 p.m., QNC 1501.

FINE / CS 383 Computational Digital Art Capstone Exhibition, Wednesday, April 3, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Communitech, 151 Charles Street West, Kitchener.

Turn Your Research Into a Startup, "A panel of previous graduate students discussing how they were able to monetize their research and enter the startup world," Thursday, April 4, 4:30 p.m., QNC 0101.

Math Exchange Roundtable, Hear from Math students who have studied overseas. Thursday, April 4, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., DC 1302.

German and Austrian Masterpieces: orchestra@uwaterloo, Thursday, April 4, 7:30 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

Webinar - Careers in Government Series: A Q&A with Colin Spencer James of Employment and Social Development Canada, Friday, April 5, 11:00 a.m.

Office of Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion presents Ela Smith, “You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know” Part One, Friday April 5, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., GSC 1151.

Philosophy Colloquium Series presents Dr. Eric Hochstein, “Finding the Right Level,” Friday, April 5, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., HH 373.

Knowledge Integration Senior Research Project Symposium, Friday, April 5, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Environment 3 atrium.

Lectures in Catholic Experience presents Janna Levitt, Cofounder, LGA Architectural Partners, “Architecture for Social Transformation,” Friday, April 5, 7:30 p.m., St. Jerome’s University – Academic Centre, Vanstone Lecture Hall. Free event – everyone welcome.

2019 SMF Research Symposium, Saturday, April 6, St. Jerome's Academic Centre.

2019 Waterloo Staff Conference, Monday, April 8 and Tuesday, April 9, Hagey Hall and Science Teaching Complex. 

The Nature of Experiment: Intelligence, Life and the Human, Monday, April, 8, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Hagey Hall.

Making the Most of Your Mid-career Years, a workshop for recently tenured/continuing faculty, Monday, April 8, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please register.

WaterTalk: Smart Earth: New frontiers in water governance in a wired world, delivered by Prof. Karen Bakker, Monday, April 8, 2:30 p.m., DC 1302.

Coping Skills Seminar - Thriving With Emotions, Monday, April 8, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Planning your research trajectory: Strategies for success (for researchers in the first three years of a tenure-track appointment) Tuesday, April 9, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., DC 1301/DC 1302. Please register to attend.

Canadian Team Mathematics Contest, Tuesday April 9, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., M3 1006 and DC 1351.

FAUW Spring General Meeting, Tuesday, April 9, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., QNC 1502.

Faculty Networking Event: Clinical Applications of Medical Imaging Technologies, Wednesday, April 10, 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., DC 1301. Please register. Open to faculty and post docs. This event is supported by CBB.

Research Ethics drop-in training session, Wednesday, April 10, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Dana Porter Library.

Webinar: Copyright for Teaching, Wednesday, April 10, 10:30 a.m.

Single and Sexy Orientation Performance Auditions, Wednesday, April 10, 4:00 p.m., Theatre of the Arts.

Coping Skills Seminar - Cultivating Resiliency, Wednesday, April 10, 6:00 p.m., HS 2302.

More Feet on the Ground - Mental Health Training, Thursday, April 11, 9:30 a.m., NH 2447.

UWaterloo Intellectual Property Workshop Series - Trademarks, Thursday, April 11, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., DC 1304. Events are open to all UW faculty, staff, and students.

PhD oral defences

Civil & Environmental Engineering. Hawraa Kadhim, "Improving Durability of Asphalt Mixes Produced with Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) by Enhancing Binder Blending." Supervisor, Hassan Baaj. On display in the Engineering graduate office, E7 7402. Oral defence Wednesday, April 17, 10:30 a.m., E2 2350.

Chemistry. Carol Tanner, "Biochemical and Microbiological Investigations of Inhibitors for β-Lactamases from Human Pathogenic Bacteria." Supervisor, Gary Dmitrienko. On deposit in the Science graduate office, PHY 2013. Oral defence Wednesday, April 17, 1:30 p.m., C2 361.

Statistics and Actuarial Science. Yu Gao, "Statistical methods for large-scale multiple hypothesis testing problems." Supervisor, Kun Liang. Thesis available from MGO - Oral defence Thursday, April 18, 9:30 a.m., M3 3001.

Religious Studies. Christopher Emory-Moore, "Renunciation and the Householder/Renouncer Relation in the New Kadampa Tradition." Supervisor, Jeff Wilson. On deposit in the Arts Graduate Office, PAS 2428. Oral defence Thursday, April 18, 11:00 a.m., HH 373.