It’s past time for Canada to fund graduate students and researchers properly — our future depends on it
Vivek Goel: ‘Research doesn’t happen overnight — it builds on decades of fundamental scholarship and requires collaboration and partnerships.’
Vivek Goel: ‘Research doesn’t happen overnight — it builds on decades of fundamental scholarship and requires collaboration and partnerships.’By Vivek Goel President and Vice-Chancellor
In a rapidly changing world research universities are essential for ensuring that Canada had the knowledge and talent necessary to keep up.
That’s why the University of Waterloo recently developed our Global Futures, a focus on five interconnected problem areas that can only be tackled with transdisciplinary scholarship and action.
Take Professor Jason Thistlethwaite’s Climate Risk Group — focused on our Sustainable Future by enabling Canadians to gauge personal disaster exposure. After a summer of climate-triggered wildfires in virtually every part of the country, and around the world, the importance of Dr. Thistlethwaite’s work comes into sharp focus. Or consider Professor Gautnam Kammath’s health data privacy work, it showcases how advances in AI could improve health information exchange to ensure better health outcomes for our community and across the country.
Such research doesn’t happen overnight — it builds on decades of fundamental scholarship and requires collaboration and partnerships. Research labs like these not only focus on the biggest problems our society faces, but they also serve to train the next generation of big thinkers, graduate students who provide the capacity to do this work today and get th training to continue to address big challenges in the future.
Continue reading the (August 22, 2023) op-ed at The Record (subscription required).
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is co-ordinated within our Office of Indigenous Relations.