Message from President Vivek Goel
Welcome. As President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo, I am proud to welcome you to our innovative institution.
The best and brightest are drawn to the University of Waterloo for our renowned academic programs, our world-leading co-operative education and our teaching and research excellence.
Waterloo has long fostered a culture of curiosity, exploration, risk-taking, entrepreneurship, global stewardship and leadership. In 1957, innovation and entrepreneurship brought University of Waterloo into being, as a group of business leaders imagined a new university built to tackle some of the world’s most daunting challenges.
Today, with more than 42,000+ students attending annually, Waterloo is #1 in Canada for experiential learning and employer-student connections. We bring bold ideas and brilliant minds together — inspiring innovations with global impact today and in the future.
During this period of rapid societal, technological and environmental change, our focus over the next few years is to continue to build on our unconventional foundation. We will position Waterloo to develop talent for a complex future, advance research for global impact and strengthen Waterloo’s sustainable and diverse communities.
Vivek Goel, CM
President and Vice-Chancellor
As 2023 draws to a close, we cannot forget what a challenging year it was for us as an institution and a community. All too often, especially when significant events capture the public’s attention, how we are perceived is shaped by what others say about us. So that no one defines us but ourselves, we asked our community: What is the University of Waterloo made of?
February is Black History Month. It is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black Canadians and their communities to our country. It is also an opportunity to reflect on ways to eradicate systemic racism in our institution and beyond.
Black History Month is only one month a year.While it is an opportunity to reflect on our successes in building a more inclusive and equitable institution,we must remember that our commitments to anti-racism and equity are year-round.
The global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence comes to a close today. However, we all share a collective responsibility to continue this activism beyond these 16 days.
Gender-based violence happens in our own community and around the world. It is only when we stand together, raise awareness and take action that we have a chance to end this type of violence.
Last week, I had the opportunity to sit down with groups of Palestinian and Jewish students to hear from them how the ongoing conflict is affecting them here at Waterloo.
I appreciated the opportunity to listen and learn directly from them. I was also saddened and deeply concerned by some of the things I heard, namely, that these students and their colleagues continue to face antisemitism, anti-Palestinian racism and Islamophobia on our campuses.