Universities have a once-in-a-century chance to reset. What should they look like post-COVID?
President Goel shares his opinion on how Universities should adapt to the post-pandemic world
President Goel shares his opinion on how Universities should adapt to the post-pandemic worldBy Vivek Goel, President and Vice-Chancellor
"With the rapid pace of vaccination and the decline in new COVID cases, barring a surge in variants, we can anticipate a small measure of normalcy by this fall. For universities, this will mean a gradual and safe return to campus.
However, a complete return to what has long been considered “normal” would represent a failure for our campuses and our broader society. The pandemic has made clear that there are many ways in which we can be innovative and flexible in our teaching. We have also seen the importance of investments in fundamental research capacity which, for example, led to the development of mRNA vaccines. We have also witnessed the value of scholars engaging in interdisciplinary and applied research in partnerships locally and globally."
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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 centralized within our Office of Indigenous Relations.