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Fireside Chat with Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur

Dr. Feridun is a seasoned higher education leader, having served 20+ years in a leadership position including the sixth President and Vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo, and Provost and Vice-President at Carleton University.  

As an engineer, educator, and awarded leader, Feridun shares his views on the role of innovation, universities as change-makers, the importance of collaboration, the growth of experiential education, and global connectivity in this fireside chat.

The fireside chat will provide insights on how higher education institutions can create change, their ability to define the future and how these institutions themselves must evolve in order to make a difference. This includes overcoming barriers that limit their ability to collaborate, share ideas, work globally, and grow. 


Explore the future of higher education and gain practical tips & insights for designing and reinventing higher education institutions, addressing global challenges in a local context through education and research.

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Fireside chat with

Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur
Former President and Vice-Chancellor at University of Waterloo

Feridun Hamdullahpur has been an engineer, educator and leader over the span of his more than 35-year career in research and higher education. Dr. Hamdullahpur has served as the sixth President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo from 2010 to 2021 and previously Vice-President at Carleton University from 2000 to 2009. In his former role as Vice-Chancellor at the University of Waterloo Dr. Hamdullahpur focused on expanding the university’s lead in innovation, building on Waterloo’s strengths in co-operative education, research, entrepreneurship, and equity. The former President was also one of ten global university presidents named a United Nations HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 champion in the cause of gender equity

Want to learn more about the future of universities?

To make innovative learning and key takeaways from university experts of university-industry engagement available to everyone at any time, we are excited to launch our brand new UIIN Podcast series.

Tune into conversations around how universities can prepare for the future, gain tips on research valorisation and commercialisation, and learn how you can build strategic partnerships with your stakeholders.

Listen to our first two episodes in the Future of Universities series, on Times of Crisis and Rethinking & Reinventing Higher Education Programs.

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