Priority projects


In 1957, when the University of Waterloo was established, the space race was on, and there was a critical need for engineers.  Half a century later, a very different circumstance - global competition - is charting a new course for Waterloo.    

Inspired by our culture of innovation, we have ambitious plans for the next couple of years. A Distinguished Past - A Distinctive Future provides a roadmap that will propel the University of Waterloo to the forefront.

By 2018, the University of Waterloo will continue to:

  • Transform education and economies with experiential learning for all

  • Build its reputation as a uniquely entrepreneurial University

  • Change lives and advance industries through high-impact, highly relevant research

With your help, we can achieve these bold ambitions.