Posts for Current undergraduate students

Occasional updates, comments, and reflections from President Feridun Hamdullahpur

Our Institution is Built on Academic Freedom

academic freedom

The University of Waterloo has constantly evolved over the course of its history, yet at the heart of that evolution has been a set of non-negotiable principles that have deep roots in our academic culture. Top of which is academic freedom.

A message from the President: The importance of addressing student mental health

On Monday, March 5, our campus lost a student to suicide. In the hours that followed this tragic event, our campus expressed shock, anger and grief at the loss of another young life.

Words cannot express my sadness upon hearing this news. Like many of you, I am asking what was going on in this young man’s world where taking his life seemed the only way out. I am thinking about his parents, his family, and his friends and the terrible impact this will have on their lives.

Gender Equity is More Than a Single Day, It is a Movement

international women's day and gender equity

I am excited to celebrate International Women’s Day with our annual dinner this evening honouring our community of women, and those who identify as women. It is a joy to see the energy and drive in the room as we remember those women who have fought, and those who continue to fight today, for women’s rights and equity.

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.

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