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President's Blog

Occasional updates, comments, and reflections from President Feridun Hamdullahpur

From Armistice Day to Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

This Remembrance Day we remember more than the wars of the past. We remember the lives lost, the sacrifices made and the innocent people forever impacted on and off the battlefields where our brave men and women fought.

Waterloo is Moving Forward in its Student Mental Health Journey with the Okanagan Charter

student mental health and Okanagan Charter

The University of Waterloo has come together as a stronger community after our community, especially our students, asked for a stronger system in place for mental health about 18 months ago. Since then, we have made strides on many fronts in our journey to strengthen student mental health and wellness supports at our institution.

Honoured to Have Donna Strickland as the University of Waterloo's First Nobel Prize Winner

Nobel prize winner Donna Strickland

It was a tremendous day to be part of the University of Waterloo, women in science and all of Canada as Associate Professor Donna Strickland was awarded a Nobel Prize in Physics.

Velocity: Home to Risk Takers, Dreamers and Creators

Velocity 10th anniversary

The University of Waterloo has long had a history of students and alumni who break the mold of what is possible. They have constantly pushed their industries forward with a new way of thinking. This legacy took a significant step forward ten years ago with the founding of Velocity.

Progress in Gender Equity Is Promising but By No Means Final

President at HeForShe Summit

Glacial. That is how Dominic Barton, our 11th chancellor and Global Managing Partner Emeritus of McKinsey & Company, described the progress of gender equity in the world. “It’s moving, but it’s glacial. There’s a lot of good intent, but it’s glacial,” Dominic said.

This is not where we want to be as a University or as a society.

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.

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