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President's Blog

Occasional updates, comments, and reflections from President Feridun Hamdullahpur

A community committed to action on mental health

needles hall expansion

Learn more about how Waterloo will continue the conversation on how to improve access to mental health assistance for people who need it.

A campus conversation on mental health

Further to my earlier message, I want to acknowledge that when the members of our university community suffer the kind of heartbreaking loss that we did this week, we are all affected.

Forging collaborations between universities and industries

I invite you to read the op-ed on the Times Higher Education-World University Rankings blog, which highlights the elements of partnership between universities and industry that will best advance research success and allow innovation to flourish.

Empower our best and brightest

Naila Keleta-Mae speaks at the International Women's Day Dinner

As we recognize International Women’s Day, we must also recognize that we still have a way to go.

I invite you to read the Op Ed in today's edition of the Waterloo Record, which outlines some of the challenges still faced by many of the women across the world.

An update on the U.S. Executive Order on Immigration and Travel

Canada’s universities continue to follow closely the impacts of the Executive Order (EO) issued by the American Administration last week preventing individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.  

On February 3, 2017, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington issued a stay suspending the order. This means at this time land and airports of entry are prohibited from enforcing the EO.  

A statement on the U.S. Executive Order on Immigration and Travel

Globally and here at home, universities are strengthened by the exchange of talent, ideas and experience from students, faculty, researchers and staff.  The original principle of academic freedom encompassed thought, expression and geography. 

Diversity is a strength of this university and of our country. Together, with universities across Canada, we will continue to welcome students, faculty and staff from around the world including those seeking refuge from violence and injustice.

Celebrating 60 Years of Innovation

Feridun Hamdullahpur Speaking at the 60th Lecture

I am excited to welcome you back to the University of Waterloo for 2017. As we all return to campus after the holiday break, we should take a moment to reflect on the significance of this New Year. It is anything but a regular year.

This year we are celebrating Waterloo’s 60 years of innovation: 60 years since our founding, but also what the next 60 years has in store for this institution.

A Good Year

President Hamdullahpur looks back at a successful 2016, and thanks the University of Waterloo community for their hard work the whole year through.

2016 Year in Review

Feridun taking a selfie with students in CHEM120

2016 has been a great year for UWaterloo, thanks to all the hard work of so many students, staff, faculty, partners and friends. 

I can't wait to start the new year with you, in celebration of Waterloo's 60 years of innovation.

Until then, here's a recap of some great experiences and events we had in 2016. 

National Day of Remembrance

National Day of Remembrance Ceremony

President Feridun Hamdullahpur joins with campus colleagues in remembering the 14 women killed on this day in 1989.

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