Occasional updates, comments, and reflections from President Feridun Hamdullahpur

Empower our best and brightest

Naila Keleta-Mae speaks at the International Women's Day Dinner

As we recognize International Women’s Day, we must also recognize that we still have a way to go.

I invite you to read the Op Ed in today's edition of the Waterloo Record, which outlines some of the challenges still faced by many of the women across the world.

An update on the U.S. Executive Order on Immigration and Travel

Canada’s universities continue to follow closely the impacts of the Executive Order (EO) issued by the American Administration last week preventing individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.  

On February 3, 2017, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington issued a stay suspending the order. This means at this time land and airports of entry are prohibited from enforcing the EO.  

A statement on the U.S. Executive Order on Immigration and Travel

Globally and here at home, universities are strengthened by the exchange of talent, ideas and experience from students, faculty, researchers and staff.  The original principle of academic freedom encompassed thought, expression and geography. 

Diversity is a strength of this university and of our country. Together, with universities across Canada, we will continue to welcome students, faculty and staff from around the world including those seeking refuge from violence and injustice.

Celebrating 60 Years of Innovation

Feridun Hamdullahpur Speaking at the 60th Lecture

I am excited to welcome you back to the University of Waterloo for 2017. As we all return to campus after the holiday break, we should take a moment to reflect on the significance of this New Year. It is anything but a regular year.

This year we are celebrating Waterloo’s 60 years of innovation: 60 years since our founding, but also what the next 60 years has in store for this institution.

A Good Year

President Hamdullahpur looks back at a successful 2016, and thanks the University of Waterloo community for their hard work the whole year through.

2016 Year in Review

Feridun taking a selfie with students in CHEM120

2016 has been a great year for UWaterloo, thanks to all the hard work of so many students, staff, faculty, partners and friends. 

I can't wait to start the new year with you, in celebration of Waterloo's 60 years of innovation.

Until then, here's a recap of some great experiences and events we had in 2016. 

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.

Celebrating National Philanthropy Day

National Philanthropy Day logo

As we mark National Philanthropy Day for the fifth year, I’d like to personally thank everyone who supports the University of Waterloo and the Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo through charitable giving and volunteer efforts.

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!

Lest We Forget - Remembrance Day 2016

Text saying On November 11, We Remember in a field of poppies

Seventy five years ago next month, in December 1941, a thousand Canadians stood in defence of a small city off the China coast. More than half would suffer death or injury, and those who survived would go on only to capture, and often to torture. 

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