Mid-week reflections on International Week

Thursday, September 24, 2020

President Hamdullahpur, President Tunon de Lara, and Christine McWebbThanks to everyone who has participated in International Week 2020 (IW) so far this week. To date, numerous campus partners from across the University of Waterloo have hosted events that highlight the value of multilingualism and intercultural understanding in today’s globalized world and there are many more events planned for the rest of the week. With most of the events taking place virtually this year, it has been possible to attend more events than ever before, from the comfort of your own home.

One of the highlights of International Week so far was the Presidential Chat entitled: Reflecting on 10 years of Bordeaux-Waterloo Partnership. This virtual webinar allowed participants to hear experiences from University of Waterloo president, Feridun Hamdullahpur and University of Bordeaux president, Manuel Tunon de Lara, as they discussed the benefits of internationalization of research and strengthening global cooperation.

Both presidents also expressed their delight in the ongoing partnership, as the institutions continue to explore new joint research projects and collaborations. A link to this event, which was moderated by Christine McWebb, Waterloo International’s Assistant Vice-president, International Operations will subsequently be shared with the public.

International Week continues through to Sunday with several activities, including a virtual fun run hosted by Alumni Relations, a live chat presented by the Student Success Office, a Pow Wow hosted by the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre, and a variety of other events and activities, aimed at encouraging global engagement on common interests. 

Let’s continue to celebrate International Week 2020, as we advance the internationalization goals of the University of Waterloo. We encourage you to view the events planned for the rest of the week. Do remember to share how you’re participating on social media using #IW2020.