Fall welcome

Students walking in front of the Quantum Nano Centre

The Fall is one of my favourite times to be on campus.

We all enjoy a fresh start.

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.

In September we understand why we all chose Waterloo. This is Canada’s most innovative university. Our institution is built on three strategic pillars: experiential education, transformational research and entrepreneurship.

As we strive for academic excellence, across all six Faculties, these three pillars differentiate Waterloo in offering students unique experiences and opportunities.

Our university has a real impact, both locally and globally. That impact is the result of our commitment to being international, innovative and interdisciplinary:

Waterloo has an international approach to research and education. We recruit students and faculty from around the world with international partners — in business, education and government. This is making our university an agent of technological and social change on a global scale.

We define innovation as tackling tough challenges, applying original ways of thinking and developing new approaches. We look at big questions and come up with disruptive innovations as solutions. As well, solid interaction between UWaterloo and the business community in Waterloo Region provides a robust ecosystem for innovative start-ups.

Interdisciplinarity works at the intersection of arts, science and technology to unlock the creativity of the entire university. We believe that all six faculties have contributions to make in developing disruptive solutions.

Over the course of the next term, I hope you will find ways to take advantage of our innovative, international and interdisciplinarity University. Whether you learn more about one of the many international cultures represented on campus, collaborate with some innovative thinkers or leverage our interdisciplinarity to gain a new perspective, the Fall is a time to take on fresh challenges.

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