Welcome to the Office of the President

The University of Waterloo brings together world-class academic strength, leading-edge research, experience-rich learning and a highly networked entrepreneurial culture that ignites curiosity and enables bold ventures.

Waterloo’s reputation for innovation extends across Canada and internationally.

This is a place where students, faculty and staff routinely deliver excellence.

Welcome to Waterloo!

Feridun Hamdullahpur

Feridun Hamdullahpur
President and Vice-Chancellor

  1. Jan. 8, 2018Bridge to 2020 – Strategic Update


    As our current Strategic Plan enters its final year, I am pleased to announce that the University of Waterloo is launching a process to develop a new plan for the period of 2020-2025.

    Over the next 12 months we will examine our achievements on the current plan, develop transition strategies to ensure that we stay on course with our achievements so far and begin to prepare for the new plan. Two foundational stages of the development process will be taking place. These stages are:

  2. Nov. 30, 2017National Day of Remembrance Ceremony at the University of Waterloo

    December 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. This year will mark the 28th anniversary of the tragic events that took place in 1989 at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal.

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  1. Feb. 27, 2020Waterloo Co-op Delivering Results: Economic Impact Series Part II
    waterloo co-op student

    When I am connecting with government officials, post-secondary administrators and industry leaders from around the world, I am most often asked about Waterloo’s co-op program.

    I get questions about its benefits to the students, to the learning process, to business, to research, to the University and about how it impacts society. With more than 60 years of experience with co-operative education, it’s clear to me that our co-op does all of these.

    Co-op is in our DNA. It has been part of our institution from its very founding and after six decades of evolution it is delivering for our students, our employer partners and for Canada.

  2. Feb. 20, 2020University of Waterloo Economic Impact Series Part I: Driving Regional and National Prosperity
    university of waterloo economic impact students

    To be relevant and truly distinctive, universities around the world must have a unique role to play in society. We need to educate and train generations of talented citizens with a renewed purpose as we wrap it together with a dedication to enabling curiosity-driven discoveries from our exceptional researchers and faculty members. That’s why universities are vital to the economic health of nations.

    That is exactly what we have been doing right here at the University of Waterloo from day one.

  3. Jan. 30, 2020Reflections on Attending the 50th World Economic Forum
    world economic forum in davos

    I had the honour of once again joining more than 3,000 business and government officials at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland this past week. With it came Insights and observations on the state of the world economically, socially and politically; and connections with other universities, research institutions and industry partners.

    Though I could write an entire book about the activities and discussions at the WEF, I wanted to take the opportunity to share some of my thoughts on my recent time in Davos and the future state of post-secondary education, Canada and the University of Waterloo.

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