Posts for Future 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.

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.

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!

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.

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