Posts for Current undergraduate students

Occasional updates, comments, and reflections from President Feridun Hamdullahpur

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.

Remembrance Day Message

Poppies on a plaque of soldier's names.

On Remembrance Day we come together as a nation to honour the Canadian men and women who fought and died in the name of peace and freedom.

We pause at the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day, of the eleventh month to reflect on the memory of our brave servicemen and women. Not only reflect on their sacrifices, but what each of them stood for: their selflessness in the service of others.

Canadian soldiers not only protect fellow Canadians during times of war. They defend the vulnerable around the world during peacekeeping missions. We are forever indebted to their service.

Why We Should Never Stop Talking About Equity

Women looking at laptop screen.

The University of Waterloo has made real strides in gender equity through our HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 commitments, but we cannot settle on the gains we’ve already made. We need to keep talking, thinking and taking action together.

Entrepreneurial solutions to environmental challenges

Turtle Island Institute Wayfinders discuss ideas on chart paper

At Waterloo, we pride ourselves on our determination to take on the world’s biggest problems, and no challenge is more urgent than climate resiliency. As one of the world’s top innovation universities, we can have a positive impact on the planet’s survival.

Health and Wellness: We’re all in this together

Two students hiking on a fall day

We have all worked hard through the first half of the Fall term and now it’s time to take a breather. Fall Break offers us a pause to reflect on what we need to be successful for the remainder of the term. 

Encouraging women to choose science, technology, engineering and math

Far from a simple concept of fairness, addressing gender equality is integral to the future of our nation, its people and our economic wellbeing.

Hacking the Future at Waterloo

Hacking the Future logo with event date and location

Waterloo is a magnet for innovators and disruptors.

So, it is no surprise that tomorrow our University will welcome a diverse group of business leaders to our Waterloo Innovation Summit.

Fall welcome

New students walking in front of the Quantum Nano Centre

The Fall is one of my favourite times to be on campus. The season is marked by the enthusiasm of new students, as well as renewed comradery for those returning and refreshed commitment from faculty and staff.

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