Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came to the University of Waterloo last week to make one of his new government’s first research funding announcements. The Southern Ontario Water Consortium, based on our campus, is receiving $12M to support water research commercialization. It was a great day for the Consortium, the University of Waterloo, and the water science community.
Wednesday, the PM did us one better. In his keynote speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland — WEF, as you know, is the world’s premier forum for public policy dialogue — he highlighted Waterloo’s unique ability to develop phenomenally talented, entrepreneurially-minded students and graduates.
You can watch Prime Minister Trudeau’s speech in Davos online. He speaks about the University of Waterloo at about the eight minute mark.
This is significant for the University of Waterloo on multiple levels. Not only for the obvious reputational benefit, but, more importantly, because it shows Waterloo is breaking new ground as a leader in post-secondary education innovation. It’s not just the intellectual quality of our people, though that is a big part of it: we’ve got a unique, powerful university model that challenges the status quo in a big way.
I wrote about our unique model in my recent Ottawa Citizen op-ed about preparing students for the disruption economy. I’ll have more to say about this in the coming weeks and months, so come back soon.
(PS: The blog is a new format for us, building on my monthly column in the Daily Bulletin. I’ll start out by publishing at least a couple times per month and go from there. Send your comments to email@example.com. I always enjoy hearing from you. –FH)