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President's Blog

Occasional updates, comments, and reflections from President Feridun Hamdullahpur

A new year and new possibilities for students at University of Waterloo

students walking in winter term

Happy New Year and welcome back to the thousands of you who start classes this week. The start of a new year and a new term offers an ideal opportunity to frame how and where you want to succeed.

Happy Holidays from President Hamdullahpur

happy holidays from the president

There is nothing quite like the holiday season at the University of Waterloo. We’ve had a tremendous year as we’ve reached new milestone after milestone including Professor Donna Strickland’s Nobel Prize, our 200,000th graduate and being named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for the third consecutive year.

Remembrance is Only the Beginning of Action to End Violence Against Women

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

We come to the University of Waterloo to learn, work and enjoy our community to its fullest. It was 29 years ago that 14 young women went to l'École Polytechnique de Montréal, their institution of higher learning, where they were supposed to be safe from hate and oppression. They were instead murdered on December 6, 1989 by one man.

Environmental Sustainability Strategy: A Year of Action

Environmental Sustainability Update

Our University has a critical role to play in developing a sustainable world for us and for generations to come. It has been one year since the release of the University of Waterloo’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy and the progress we’ve made in our 2025 goals is well underway and making a difference.

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

okanagan charter signing

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.

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