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President's Blog

Occasional updates, comments, and reflections from President Feridun Hamdullahpur

Snow, Reading Week and Taking a Break for Mental Health

Reading Week and Mental Health

As I look outside, I can feel the winter in my bones. I know the atmosphere of short days and cold weather can contribute to feeling down this time of year. This time of year also brings with it a great deal of work and pressure. It’s human to feel stress as it is a common part of life that can come and go with shifts in commitments and workload.

The Strength and Courage of Our International Students

courage of international students

As I started to think about the Winter Olympics coming up, I was immediately reminded of a long overdue conversation with our community of international students here at the University of Waterloo.

Success Starts with Setting Goals

Success Starts with Setting Goals

Every year, after a well-deserved holiday break, I think of my own student days. It was tough to adjust back! I just wanted to share some things with you that I hope you will find helpful.

Welcome Back Students - We Want to Hear From You

Start of Winter Term for Students

Welcome back to campus!

I hope you had a wonderful and restful holiday break with family and friends.

A Holiday Message from the President

Holiday Greetings from the President

With the holidays approaching and the conclusion of our 60th Anniversary, I’m delighted to send you season’s greetings on behalf of the entire University of Waterloo community.

The University of Waterloo Visits Hong Kong

Hong Kong Alumni Dinner Crowd

It was a few short weeks ago that a delegation from the University of Waterloo visited Hong Kong to broaden Waterloo’s ties to one of the most vibrant economies and communities in the world. Hong Kong is home to the most Waterloo alumni in the world, outside of Canada, making it an incredibly special place to visit and explore. Our roots have traveled far, shaping our future beyond the borders of Canada.

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

national day of remembrance and action on violence against women

Twenty-eight years ago the post-secondary education community and all of Canada changed forever. On what was supposed to be a normal day at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1989 was instead replaced with unimaginable tragedy as 14 young female students were taken from us in an evil attack of gender-based violence.

The End of Another Fantastic Term

student end of term studying

The end of Fall 2017 classes has come and as you begin to prepare for your exams and final assignments I would like to offer my deepest congratulations.

Giving Tuesday in Honour of Our 60th Anniversary

Giving Tuesday

We are now in the swing of the holiday season and over the past week, four of the busiest shopping days of the year took place between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. A lot of shopping took place around the world, but it’s also an important time of year to give back.

President's Town Hall: Successes, Growth and Dialogue

President's Town Hall with attendees listening to Feridun Hamdullahpur's speech.

One of the most important events on my schedule every year is the President’s Town Hall. This is my opportunity to talk about some of the successes we’ve enjoyed over the past year, the important projects we are working on, my vision for the future and have an open dialogue with the campus community.

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