Welcome to the Office of the President

I am so happy to finally join you here in Waterloo as I start my tenure as president. I'm looking forward to spending time on campus and, as the public health restrictions lift, getting out and meeting as many of you in person as possible.

I've had the chance to virtually meet with some people already to learn about Waterloo and what makes this such a great place. I look forward to listening to the whole Waterloo community to develop my priorities as president. I also look forward to working with you and promoting all the excellent work that you are accomplishing here.


Vivek Goel

Vivek Goel, CM

President and Vice-Chancellor

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Umbrella covidKeep the umbrella handy to weather the next storm

September 15, 2021

Once the pandemic clouds clear, it’s inevitable that public research budgets will come under scrutiny. But cutting research budgets is tantamount to throwing away your umbrella when the rain stops.

Our experience with COVID- 19 has demonstrated that we not only need to be prepared for events like global pandemics, but we also need to be able to mount flexible responses that can quickly adapt to new challenges. As I write in the The Hill Times, that involves investing in research capacity that can be mobilized for this type of adaptive response.

Read the full article on The Hill Times (for subscribers)

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Fall 2021 Convocation will be delivered virtually

September 8, 2021

"We have decided that convocations this fall will take place in a live, virtual format."

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President Goel welcomes students to fall term 2021

September 7, 2021

"Hello everyone! Welcome to the fall term at the University of Waterloo. All of us have been working extremely hard to give you the best possible experience given the ongoing public health restrictions. I understand the impact on you of learning in a pandemic environment whether you were with us at waterloo or at high school."

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Young people need to return to classrooms and labs

August 30, 2021

"We cannot ask post-secondary students to sacrifice their learning again. This pandemic has forced us to reconcile with the reality that we are all connected; what is good for our neighbour is good for us."

Vivek Goel

A message of introduction from Vivek Goel, President and Vice-Chancellor

July 5, 2021

President Goel shares a video greeting as he starts his tenure as president.

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President Goel discusses lessons from the pandemic

July 5, 2021

From remote learning to the importance of investing in research and education, the past year and a half has been full of lessons for the University and for society.

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President Goel on co-op

July 5, 2021

The University of Waterloo is a pioneer in experiential learning and continues to partner with industry to create co-operative education that tools our students to become change makers and leaders in their chosen field.


The Globe and Mail

Universities have a once-in-a-century chance to reset. What should they look like post-COVID?

July 2, 2021

(For Globe subscribers) "As the world reopens, against a backdrop of accelerated change and exacerbated inequities, universities should grasp this once-in-a-century chance to reset."

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Op-ed on Canada's health data gaps

June 24, 2021

President Goel: Canada's health data gaps need a bold, person-centred vision to chart a path back to global health information leadership

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Vivek Goel named president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo

Nov 17, 2020

Dr. Vivek Goel becomes the university’s seventh president.