Mid-cycle Review

Why a Mid-cycle Review

Since its founding in 1957, the University of Waterloo has risen to the top echelons of post-secondary education in the world. Success like ours does not happen by accident. Strategic planning allows the University of Waterloo to address existing and emerging challenges, always with an eye to the future. In 2007, we produced our Sixth Decade Plan, called Pursuing Global Excellence: Seizing Opportunities for Canada.

Since this bold plan was unveiled, the University of Waterloo has celebrated many accomplishments, including a new health sciences campus in Kitchener, expanded global partnerships, and in 2012, the grand openings of both the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre and the new University of Waterloo Stratford Campus.

Since 2007, much has changed, both here and around the world. Those changes bring new challenges and opportunities.

Defining our strategic vision

In 2011, President and Vice-Chancellor Feridun Hamdullahpur brought fresh eyes to our strategic plan with the Mid-cycle Review, which engaged our students, faculty, staff and alumni in a comprehensive review of our strategic direction. Over the course of many months, the president consulted with a broad group of stakeholders and analyzed their feedback, as we assessed our progress towards our sixth decade goals, and whether those goals continued to reflect new global realities.

Scope: 4 key questions

  • What would you see for the University of Waterloo as one of the globally recognized and respected universities?
  • What might hold us back from getting there?
  • What recommendations do you have?
  • What priorities do we need to focus on?