University of Waterloo: 60 Years of Innovation

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In 2017, the University of Waterloo celebrates 60 years of innovation. When it was founded July 1, 1957, no one knew that a campus made up of two temporary buildings would have such a lasting impact on the world.

If you have ever used a smartphone, sent secure information online, worn contact lenses, driven a connected vehicle or read a warning on a tobacco package, research from Waterloo’s first 60 years has touched your life.

  1. July 6 to Sep. 29, 2017New Exhibit: UW @ 60

    Did you know that:

    Waterloo’s first students started classes in the heat of early July in portable classrooms?

    Enrolment jumped from just 74 students in 1957 to over 1100 in the 1961-1962 academic year?

    Visit Special Collections & Archives’ new exhibit: UW @ 60

    Come and see Dr. Hagey’s robes, a school jacket from a 1965 graduate, and an early chemist’s bottle from the School of Pharmacy, as well as many photos taken around the University over the past 60 years!

  2. Sep. 22 to 24, 2017Optometry & Vision Science 50th Anniversary Banner: Optometry & Vision Science

    In 2017, the School of Optometry and Vision Science will mark its 50th anniversary since moving to the University of Waterloo in 1967. We hope you will join us to mark this important milestone!

    Please save the date and plan on joining us for a weekend celebration!

  3. Sep. 26, 2017Changing The Way We See Native America: Dismantling Native American Stereotypes - A talk by Matika WilburMatika Wilbur

    Matika Wilbur is an acclaimed portrait photographer and social documentarian from the Swinomish and Tulalip tribes of the Pacific Northwest. She is currently working on Project 562, a multi-year national photo and narrative undertaking to reveal contemporary Indian identity.

All upcoming events
  1. May 16, 2017Mathematics naming celebration recognizes Professor Tutte’s achievementsStephen Watt naming ceremony

    The humble mathematician who changed the course of a war and helped to build the reputation of a fledging university, is recognized

  2. May 1, 2017Retirees reflect the old and new during 60th touropening remarks at Retiree tour

    On April 20, the Retirees Association in partnership with University Relations, invited past alumni, staff and professors to a 60th tour on campus and a luncheon.

  3. Apr. 24, 2017Waterloo launches Celebration 2017 Legacy ProjectCelebration 2017 hangouts

    On April 11, 2017, the University of Waterloo officially launched their Celebration 2017 Legacy Project at the Bombshelter Pub. Staff, students and professors were invited to kick-off the celebrations and encouraged to leave their legacy by participating in the design competition.

    Along with the other celebratory events to mark both the University’s 60th anniversary and Canada’s 150th birthday, Waterloo unveiled a legacy project for student teams to re-design a creative student space in the Arts Quad — and win $10,000 cash if their final design is chosen. 

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