March 2017

From its founding in 1957, the University of Waterloo has defied convention, breaking new ground, crossing old boundaries and challenging the status quo. Our 60th anniversary has been an opportunity to celebrate the stories that have shaped us, and to paint a vision of a bright future yet to come.

Arts professors present real facts on fake news for Beyond 60 lecture

David DeVidi presenting fake new presentation

In partnership with the Kitchener Public Library and part of the Beyond 60 Community Lecture Series, three professors from three Faculty of Arts disciplines spoke the truth about fake news in a panel discussion and Q&A on March 16th, 2017. Over 200 community members gathered at the Kitchener Public Library to hear the three panelists discuss reasons why lies are creeping into platforms of public discourse, and the phenomena of fake news in our society.

Growing up Waterloo

Cynthia's family wearing Waterloo sweaters

I was born a Warrior.  For math alumni, it means in a sample size of 36 family members, 42% of my extended family and 100% of my immediate family are Waterloo alumni.  For AHS alumni, it means I am unstoppable. 

Student video explores how far we've come — and where we'll go

screenshot of opening scene of video

In this video, two current undergraduate co-op students — Noma Abdulrahem and Laryssa Li —share their vision of how the University has grown, and what the future might hold for Waterloo.

From 74 engineering students in 1957 to more than 36,000 undergraduate and graduate students in six Faculties today, the University of Waterloo has undergone — and inspired — dramatic change over its first six decades. Just imagine what the next 60 years will bring.


Equity focus will shape Waterloo's next 60 years

Co-op student Mackenzie Snape is a co-op student in University Relations

As the University of Waterloo marks its milestone 60th year, we can look back on the many advances made in its short time as an institution.

You don’t have to look far to see the advances the University is making in fields including artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous vehicles, just to name a few. While these technological advances often take centre stage, Waterloo is making changes just as important in gender equality and inclusivity.

Waterloo, then and now

Photo of Davis Centre from 1988 in front of Davis Centre in 2017

For 60 years, the University of Waterloo has inspired new generations of students and new waves of innovation and discovery. At the heart of it all is a dynamic, constantly changing campus.

After seeing archival photos of landmark University sites, our co-op team was inspired to re-shoot those historic images against a modern-day backdrop. Watch for more then-and-now photos, or submit your own on social media at #UWaterloo60.

Predictions from an Arts student in a tech-driven world

Nicole Bennett is a second-year student in the Honours English Rhetoric, Media and Professional Communications program.

Attending University of Waterloo – rightfully dubbed a tech school – as an Arts student is an interesting experience. Waterloo’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and arts programs have very distinct cultures. But what I have begun to experience within my own program, and what I hope to see in other programs, is an interdisciplinary culture that connects the strengths and expertise of multiple faculties.

Tap into student innovation to build a better campus

Zoey Hu is a second-year student in the Arts and Business program.

The University of Waterloo has spent its first six decades constructing academic success, developing innovative technology and strengthening the student community. As a student at the university, I can’t wait to find out what the next 60 years hold for us.

With advanced technology, fast-growing startups and strong collaboration between Faculties, the University of Waterloo is on its way to becoming one of the most well-known universities in the world. 

Arts celebrates the official opening of Hagey Hub

aerial view of the crowd at the Hagey Hub official opening

The Hub has been open to students (and everyone) since the fall, but February 10, 2017, marked the formal opening to honour the many people who contributed to this important priority project to enhance the don-campus experience of Arts students. The grand opening was also a perfect opportunity to honour UWaterloo's founders and celebrate our 60th anniversary.