#UWaterlooAsia 2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016
by Feridun Hamdullahpur

It's been great spending time in East Asia with our incredible alumni and partners for the past week. We'll continue our efforts building institutional partnerships and connecting with University of Waterloo community members in this region until November 13, when our annual visit to this beautiful part of the world comes to an end. 

Here I'm pictured with Peter Mathieson, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Hong Kong. Our teams are working together to explore academic and research collaboration opportunities going forward, which would enhance Waterloo's strong network of outstanding global partners even further. We already have some important connections to build on: the University of Hong Kong is one of Waterloo's partner institutions in the UN Women’s HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 campaign.

President Feridun Hamdullahpur meeting President Peter Mathieson

Above: Feridun Hamdullahpur alongside Peter Mathieson. Below: members of the president's delegation alongside partners from the University of Hong Kong.

President Hamdullahpur having a HeForShe meeting in Asia.

In September, we both helped to unveil the first ever HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 University Parity Report alongside eight other university presidents. It highlights our successes and ambitions for gender equity on our respective campuses.

For the remainder of my time here in East Asia, I’ll be meeting with our valuable alumni and institutional partners, as well as with policymakers and Waterloo's many generous supporters to keep expanding our profile in this exciting region.

President Feridun Hamdullahpur at a Canadian Chamber Lunch.

Feridun Hamdullahpur at the Hong Kong Canadian Chamber Luncheon.

On November 13 - when Remembrance Day is officially recognized in Hong Kong - I'll lay a wreath for the University of Waterloo at the Hong Kong Cenotaph.Other highlights of our trip include giving keynote remarks to a luncheon hosted by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, reconnecting with alumni groups (including the Hong Kong Alumni Chapter, celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year!), and establishing exciting agreements with some of the region's terrific universities. More on that to come.

Stay tuned for more updates and photos by following #UWaterlooAsia on Twitter!