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Occasional updates, comments, and reflections from President Feridun Hamdullahpur

President’s Community Impact Awards: Calling for Nominations

President's Impact Award Winners

Waterloo’s leaders come from all corners of our University and out in the community. They are championing the impact of our institution and making it stronger along the way. The President’s Community Impact Awards were created last year to celebrate these leaders. Now, we are searching for more.

The second annual President’s Community Impact Awards are now accepting nominations and I need your help.

Guest Post: Study Success This Exam Season

students study for exams

The term has ended and it’s time to show your courses what you’re made of. Whether you’ve been hard at work all term or kicked it into high gear after midterms, here are some tips to help you study and take on your exams with confidence.

Committee on Student Mental Health Implementation Update

Earlier this year, we took important steps to transform the support we provide to students who are dealing with mental health challenges while also creating conditions that support the mental health of all students.

The New Economy Will Require More Than Technical Skills

developing teamwork and creativity

“We discovered a quiet crisis,” writes Dave McKay, President and CEO of RBC and University of Waterloo alumnus.

Haunting words from an industry leader.

Introducing the University of Waterloo’s 11th chancellor: Dominic Barton

Chancellor Dominic Barton

I am delighted to welcome Dominic Barton to the University of Waterloo community as our 11th chancellor.

Stepping Forward and Making Progress for the Future of the University of Waterloo

university strategic plan

Our community took a significant step forward this past Monday at the Bridge to 2020: A Look Back, A Look Ahead strategic plan event. After a morning of discussion and sharing at the event, it is clear to me that we have an engaged and passionate community ready to add their experiences and their voice to guide our institution forward.

Convocation and 200,000 Alumni: A Milestone Reached

convocation

This week the University of Waterloo will be hosting its Spring 2018 Convocation ceremonies. Every convocation is special and unique in its own way.

It is a momentous event for every one of our honoured graduates, but this Convocation will mark a very special milestone for our young university: our 200,000th graduate.

Being a Catalyst for Sustainable Development Means Taking Action

SDSN Launch Event

This week the University of Waterloo officially opened the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) of Canada hosted at the University by the Faculty of Environment.

It is an honour to have the SDSN here at Waterloo, in partnership with the Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI), and with the launch comes an increased capacity to explore and find solutions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Leaders of “Canada’s Education City” Gather

When Mayor Dave Jaworsky calls the City of Waterloo “Canada’s education city” he is celebrating our community’s extraordinary post-secondary institutions. But here at the University, we know Waterloo didn’t become the most innovative university in Canada on its own.

Our influence nationally and globally is built upon the relationships we foster in our own community. I am pleased to meet this week with Mayor Jaworsky; John Tibbits, president of Conestoga College and Deborah MacLatchy, president of Wilfrid Laurier University to continue building these vital partnerships.  

We Cannot Shy Away From Opposing Views

University campuses across Canada, and around the world, are being confronted with the need to be a place that maintains its dedication to freedom of expression and open debate, while balancing the need to support those individuals and community groups who feel they are under attack. Our community is currently going through this situation right now and we cannot shy away from it.

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