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.

Read all news
  1. Sep. 3, 2019The Beginning of so Much More Than a School Year
    Orientation Week Waterloo

    I cannot imagine a more exciting time of the year than the first week of September.

    I know we are an active community the entire year. Our students, faculty and staff are in a constant state of exploration and learning, but September and the beginning of a new academic year is something special. This week we welcome thousands of new students to our campus for the first time and welcome back even more returning students to continue their journey at Waterloo.

  2. Aug. 23, 2019Bringing wellness to the forefront of our community
    mental health and wellness

    When I signed the Okanagan Charter this past October, our University took a significant step forward in our journey to embrace the lens of wellness in all that we do. From the decisions we make about our policies, buildings, programs and initiatives, wellness – particularly mental health wellness – will be a key factor in how we make the choices that will shape our campus.

    I was excited to see the recent launch of the Wellness Collaborative which the result of the signing of the Okanagan Charter and the signing of the Healthy Workplace Statement. The Wellness Collaborative takes the commitment found in these two documents and turns it into action by bringing our community together to share ideas, perspectives and experiences on an ongoing basis.

  3. July 22, 2019Doing Good and Closing Canada's AI Gap
    artificial intelligence at waterloo

    Canada has a problem.

    We play an outsized role in the world as drivers of artificial intelligence knowledge and advancement, but we aren’t seeing it pay off on the global stage–not in the headlines, and not yet in the marketplace. Even as Canada cements its role as the big thinkers behind one of the world’s most dynamic and disruptive technologies, companies are having a difficult time capitalizing on that advantage.

View all blog posts