WATERLOO, ON, Nov. 4, 2011 /CNW/ - The University of Waterloo - ranked
one of the world's top 100 universities and top by reputation in Canada
- will open an office in Hong Kong Saturday, Nov. 5 to strengthen ties
with the Hong Kong community. President Feridun Hamdullahpur is in Hong
Kong for the opening, where he will host members of the business
community, partners, alumni and students at the opening event.
"In an era where we have seen the emergence of a global digital economy,
it's critical that universities reach out internationally to
collaborate, educate and influence," said Hamdullahpur. "We have 1,500
graduates living and working in Hong Kong, and more than 2,800 Asian
students currently enrolled at the university, comprising 41 per cent
of our international student population. We welcome connecting even
more closely with the community in Hong Kong through our newly
established office, furthering collaboration and extending our
Co-operative education programs have become a hallmark of the University
of Waterloo's reputation, enabling students to have real-life
experience in their field of endeavour, and giving employers an avenue
for identifying and hiring exceptional graduates. Waterloo is the
global leader in co-operative education.
"The University of Waterloo strives to create citizens of the world who
not only achieve academic credentials, but who have a broad perspective
attained through an understanding of diverse cultures. That's the goal
of our international co-operative education and student exchange
programs," said Hamdullahpur.
The new office is located at The Malahon Center in the business district
at the heart of downtown Hong Kong, and will have full-time staff
supported by Waterloo co-op student placements. The office will enable
the university to establish deeper connections in the Hong Kong
community where Waterloo already interacts with businesses,
professional organizations, partners, alumni, students and their
While in Hong Kong, Hamdullahpur will also participate in a luncheon
event on Monday, Nov. 7 hosted by The Canadian Chamber of Commerce,
along with Waterloo graduate Jason Chiu, founder and CEO of Cherrypicks
Group, a Red Herring Asia 100 company.
The university president is also spending time during his tour with
members of industry and university partners in Hong Kong. The
University of Waterloo is an innovation engine that has historically
made a strong contribution to economic prosperity.
"Waterloo has had a major impact on companies that have evolved from
projects at the university or have been initiated by outstanding
students and faculty such as Research In Motion, OpenText and Sybase
which are all headquartered in Canada's Waterloo Region, and we look
forward to further success stories," said Hamdullahpur.
About the University of Waterloo
In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart
of Canada's Technology Triangle, has become one of Canada's leading
comprehensive universities with close to 30,000 full- and part-time
students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Waterloo, as home to
the world's largest post-secondary co-operative education program,
embraces its connections to the world and encourages enterprising
partnerships in learning, research and discovery. In the next decade,
the university is committed to building a better future for Canada and
the world by championing innovation and collaboration to create
solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow. For more
information about Waterloo, visit www.uwaterloo.ca.
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