January 2016

Occasional updates, comments, and reflections from President Feridun Hamdullahpur

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.

Celebrating National Philanthropy Day

National Philanthropy Day logo

As we mark National Philanthropy Day for the fifth year, I’d like to personally thank everyone who supports the University of Waterloo and the Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo through charitable giving and volunteer efforts.

Growing Waterloo's profile in Asia

#UWaterloo Delegation Team

For the last week and a bit, I've had the honour of leading our annual president's delegation to East Asia. This year our travels took us to Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China, to maintain and build partnerships that will serve Waterloo well for years to come.

Following the #UWaterlooAsia Delegation trip!

Lest We Forget - Remembrance Day 2016

Text saying On November 11, We Remember in a field of poppies

Seventy five years ago next month, in December 1941, a thousand Canadians stood in defence of a small city off the China coast. More than half would suffer death or injury, and those who survived would go on only to capture, and often to torture. 

#UWaterlooAsia 2016

Feridun Hamdullahpur with Peter Mathieson, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Hong Kong

It's been great spending time in East Asia with our incredible alumni and partners for the past week. We'll continue our efforts building institutional partnerships and connecting with University of Waterloo community members in this region until November 13, when our annual visit to this beautiful part of the world comes to an end. 

Answering your questions at Convocation

President Feridun Hamdullahpur giving Convocation speech

Fall 2016 Grads: what's on your mind about life after graduation?

Stop and Talk

Collage of 4 selfies featuring President Feridun Hamdullahpur and classrooms of students.

On October 5th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., come chat with me about how your term is going and what's on your mind about campus life in the Great Hall at the Student Life Centre (SLC).

Waterloo leading on equity, innovation

Feridun Hamdullahpur quoted regarding need for more women in STEM fields

Celebrating Waterloo's leadership on equity and innovation this month.

Connecting with students this term

President Feridun Hamdullahpur

President Hamdullahpur checking in with MATH 137 and Professor Doug Park.

A big welcome to all students! Whether you’re here for the first time, or returning to continue your program, it’s great to see all of you on campus.

A Step Foward for Equity

Following up on our important step forward for equity.

New Velocity Director: Welcome Jay Shah

Velocity garage workspace

Welcoming Jay Shah to his role as the new Velocity Director!

See you on Canada Day

Are you ready for the Waterloo region's biggest Canada Day celebration?

Looking ahead

Waterloo's future is bright - let's keep building it.

UWaterloo Graduates Matter to This Community

Celebrating our newest alumni’s contributions to our university and community.

HeForShe Anniversary: Pioneers in Gender Equity

Celebrating our strong, early steps on a long, important journey towards gender equity.

Celebrating 15 Years of Keystone

UWaterloo staff, faculty and donors enjoyed a beautiful afternoon celebrating our generous campus community.

A week of wins for Waterloo

It was a big week - from celebrating Accelerator Centre's 10th anniversary to talking "No Fears, No Excuses" with Professor Larry Smith.

A note on Fort McMurray

University of Waterloo logo

As the fires continue to rage around Fort McMurray, UWaterloo remains committed to our friends and stakeholders in the region.

Energy and Equity: framing the WGSI Summit

On Friday, April 23 I helped kick off the Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) Summit. This year our focus is on access to energy.

Signature Innovation in Korea

This week I travelled to Korea to catch up with our alumni, participate in a university presidents' forum, and leave Waterloo's signature on the Samsung Innovation Museum. 

21st Century Education - my speech to the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto

I addressed the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto, to discuss the future of university education in Canada.

Growing UWaterloo's international partnerships

Just before the end of March, I travelled to Singapore and China to meet some of UWaterloo's key partners in the region. 

Federal budget 2016 - Good news for Canadian universities

Image credit: Daryl Mitchell

In the budget presented today, Canada's federal government signaled a clear commitment to quality education and science as part of its overall vision for a strong and prosperous Canada.

UWaterloo's disruptors featured on BNN

Week 9 of BNN’s hit Canadian business program, The Disruptors, featured two of the University of Waterloo’s entrepreneurial success stories. I sat down with co-host Amber Kanwar to talk about the culture that helps make that success possible.

Celebrating the women of Waterloo

There’s lots of work to do on equity, both here at UWaterloo and around the world. But we made a dent this week.

Sharing Waterloo’s success - my speech in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Last week I visited Halifax to talk about the University of Waterloo’s unique model of university education. Here’s how it went. 

Ontario budget 2016 boosts students and economy

Researching 3D printing technology

The Government of Ontario released its budget today, and it came with some smart, strategic changes and investments in the innovation economy.

Heading ‘back home’ to Nova Scotia

I did my Ph.D. in Halifax, and as I work to share Waterloo's vision for an enhanced role for Canadian universities, I'm thrilled to find my way back to this beautiful city.

300 million reasons to celebrate our founders

University of Waterloo startups have raised more than $300M in venture capital – and these folks aren’t surprised

Prime Minister Trudeau champions University of Waterloo in Davos

On January 14, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the University of Waterloo to announce funding for water research, and then talked us up at the Davos World Economic Forum. It doesn’t get better.

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