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Occasional updates, comments, and reflections from President Feridun Hamdullahpur

Taking What We’ve Learned Forward into the Spring Term

students working remotely from home

I know I am not alone in saying this, but the last month has been a trying one. COVID-19 has challenged everyone in the University of Waterloo community, and around the world, to levels that have never been encountered before. What I have also seen is a community that has pushed forward every step of the way.

The final three weeks and exam period of this Winter Term have been transformed out of necessity for greater needs of public health and safety. The health and wellness of our students, faculty, staff and broader community will always remain our number one priority. At the same time, we have a dedication to keeping the quality of our academic experience strong and moving.

Energy and Equity: framing the WGSI Summit

On Friday, April 23 I helped kick off the Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) Summit. This year our focus is on access to energy.

21st Century Education - my speech to the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto

I addressed the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto, to discuss the future of university education in Canada.

Growing UWaterloo's international partnerships

Just before the end of March, I travelled to Singapore and China to meet some of UWaterloo's key partners in the region. 

Federal budget 2016 - Good news for Canadian universities

Image credit: Daryl Mitchell

In the budget presented today, Canada's federal government signaled a clear commitment to quality education and science as part of its overall vision for a strong and prosperous Canada.

Sharing Waterloo’s success - my speech in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Last week I visited Halifax to talk about the University of Waterloo’s unique model of university education. Here’s how it went. 

Heading ‘back home’ to Nova Scotia

I did my Ph.D. in Halifax, and as I work to share Waterloo's vision for an enhanced role for Canadian universities, I'm thrilled to find my way back to this beautiful city.

A new year with new opportunities: January in review

I am thrilled that coming into the new year I will soon be able to present a University of Waterloo flagship publication to you: The inaugural University of Waterloo State of the University Report 2014-15. This report provides insight into who and what we are at University of Waterloo, including our strengths in transformative research, experiential education, and innovation. Its title, Defining Tomorrow, is fitting as we enter the new year and look to seize new opportunities for the University.

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