The University of Waterloo is joined over 100 countries to celebrate International Education Week (IEW) from November 18-22, 2019. International education has significant benefits to our campus community and Canadian social, economic, and cultural well-being. 

Activities, programs and events, from a variety of campus partners throughout the week, highlighted and raised awareness of the opportunities and benefits of international education. This year's events included an exchange photo contest, a film festival, a keynote lecture, and more! 

Words from the AVP-I, Ian Rowlands

This was the third year in a row that Waterloo International has hosted a cross-campus celebration of IEW, using it as an opportunity to express our appreciation to our many partners who work in internationalization at the University of Waterloo.

The past year has been an exciting one for internationalization, with growth in activity across a variety of measures and growth in the evidence-base of the positive impact that internationalization has upon learning, research, and service.

And the year ahead looks like equally exhilarating:  the Strategic Plan process – the development of the Issue Paper, the consultations – has suggested that internationalization is set to continue to be a priority for the University of Waterloo.  The campus will continue to depend upon us to build and to maintain the internationalization infrastructure, to lead and to support targeted initiatives that develop specialized opportunities, and to work collaboratively to advance an integrated and strategic approach.

Thank you for supporting IEW events this year. We – at Waterloo International – look forward to our continued work together on these critical internationalization issues.

Stay tuned for next year's events!