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Monday, April 11, 2022 | Daily newsletter

Upcoming Organizational Changes for the Finance and Administration Portfolio

As previously announced, Vice President, Administration and Finance Dennis Huber will retire at the end of 2022, and a search process has begun to find his successor, who will be named Vice President, Finance and Administration (VPFA).

The role of VPFA will provide leadership in the development and implementation of long-term plans and transformational changes to move the University forward and improve organizational results.

President Vivek Goel recently circulated a memo to senior management at the University outlining how the leadership transition presents an opportunity to reorganize the senior management administrative structure at Waterloo.

“Over several decades, the institution grew in size and complexity across multiple units,” President Goel writes. “We want to bring together some core operational functions to achieve synergies between them and better support faculties and other academic support units.

As part of its work, the VPFA committee reviewed the structures of the comparative U15 establishments and recommended that Human Resources (HR) and Information Systems and Technology (IST) report directly to the new Vice President, Finance and administration.

Currently, these units report to the Vice-Rector Academic and Vice-Rector.

“These changes will take effect upon the hiring of the VPFA,” writes Chairman Goel. “This will allow the Vice-Provost Academic and Vice Provost (VPAP) to focus more effort on leading academic initiatives in support of the strategic plan.”

Currently, academic support units reporting to the VP Administration and Finance include Central Stores and Procurement and Contracts, Finance, Plant Operations and Fleet Research and Technology David Johnston. Units currently reporting to the Vice Provost Academic and Provost include Information Systems and Technology, Library, Registrar’s Office, Human Resources, Institutional Analysis and Planning, Cooperative and Experiential Education , to name a few, as well as all six faculty deans and an array of associate provosts and associate vice presidents.

“The VPAP will continue to lead the development and implementation of academic strategies and work with the VPFA on operational priorities to support the academic mission,” the president’s memo continues. For example, the VPAP and senior academic leadership will continue to drive IT governance. The VPAP Office will also remain responsible for faculty relations and academic human resources.

“The VPFA will be responsible for the effective and timely implementation of these activities,” the president wrote.

Employees of both units have been informed of the upcoming change.

Waterloo’s ongoing response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine

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Working with institutions of higher learning around the world, the University of Waterloo is working to continue to respond in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The University stands in solidarity with the innocent victims of this invasion and supports those in our Waterloo community and around the world who have been affected.

Waterloo International, along with Academic Support Units, are coordinating their efforts to ensure that a good base of support is in place for students, staff and faculty experiencing grief and trauma as a result of the invasion. In addition to financial support and immigration advice, wellness support continues to be readily available. A full list of resources and the most up-to-date information can be found on the Ukraine Response page on the Waterloo International website.

The University also pays particular attention to national developments, such as the new pathway for temporary residency to accommodate those fleeing war in Ukraine. This will allow us to refer people to supports outside of the university as needed. We also work with our industry associations, such as Universities Canada and the Canadian Bureau for International Education, to share and receive information.

Furthermore, we recognize the devastation created by the invasion and seek to take action to support students and universities in Ukraine and surrounding areas, including waiving the usual application deadline for prospective students, collecting offers of academic assistance and seeking ways to support Ukraine. -Based university studies.

The University of Waterloo is in the process of joining Researchers at risk – the global association of higher education institutions protecting scholars worldwide and supporting and assisting the higher education community affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Further details will be shared with the Waterloo community later this month.

Finally, we prioritize ways in which our community as a whole can promote learning in light of the invasion. We encourage teaching activities, programs, and opportunities on campus to advance the understanding of invasion. We will continue to showcase the research and expertise of our experts on campus, through the media, central channels and our podcast.

Five Waterloo programs rank among the top 50 in the world

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By Melanie Scott. This article originally appeared on Waterloo News.

The University of Waterloo ranked 29th out of 51 featured subjects in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022, released April 6. In the report, QS assessed and ranked approximately 1,543 universities across 51 disciplines, grouped into five broad subject areas. Indicators for topic rankings were drawn from a peer survey, an employer survey, and citation data.

“Our high performance in key subjects reflects the fact that Waterloo is built on academic excellence. We are committed to providing students with an education that enables them to have a resounding impact in the world,” says James Rush, Vice-President Academic and Provost. “Waterloo’s place globally and nationally is due to the incredible dedication of all who consider themselves part of the Waterloo community.

Waterloo’s results were generally flat compared to last year, with five topics in the top 50 (up three) and 12 topics in the top 100 (down three). The University also ranked among the top 5 Canadian institutions in 13 subjects.

Top 50 Topics:

  • IT (25th)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering (33rd)
  • Mathematics (41st)
  • Anatomy & Physiology (48th)
  • Mechanical Engineering (49th)

Subjects ranked 51-100:

  • Chemical Engineer
  • Public works
  • Environmental sciences
  • Materials sciences
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Studies in Hospitality and Leisure Management
  • Statistics and operational research

Topics ranked 101-200:

  • Architecture/built environment
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and marine sciences
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Accounting and finance
  • Sports related topics

In addition to domain rankings, the report also includes general domain rankings. Waterloo has two major fields in the top 100 and the university’s rankings in life sciences and medicine rose from 366 to 358. The upcoming QS World University Rankings, in which Waterloo ranked in the top 150 l ‘last year, will be released in the fall.

Quantum Perspectives event and other notes

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The Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) is hosting a virtual roundtable on Thursday, April 14 titled “Quantum Perspectives: Sensing.”

“Quantum sensors allow us to measure with incredible accuracy, precision and selectivity,” a note from IQC reads. “Future quantum devices that achieve these ultimate sensing qualities by harnessing the complexity of atoms, photons and semiconductors will play a vital role in improving applications such as medical technology, radar, geological exploration , molecular imaging, etc. experts who push the boundaries to develop new sensing technologies based on quantum mechanics.”

Panelists include:

  • Kostadinka Bizheva, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy;
  • Michael Reimer, Assistant Professor, IQC, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and
  • Troy Borneman, Principal Scientist, High Q Technologies.

Quantum Perspectives: A Series of Panels party 20 years of quantum at IQC. “Over the past two decades, IQC’s cutting-edge quantum research has propelled the development of transformative technologies from ideation to commercialization, through theoretical research, experimental research, and quantum applications,” the note from the lender said. ‘IQC. “This year we are celebrating 20 years of IQCand anniversary with a series of panels exploring all quantum perspectives, including sensing, materials, communication, simulation and computing.”

The event takes place on YouTube Live at noon Thursday. Check the IQC website for more information.

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The Department of Sports and Recreation organizes Summer Day Camps for Young Warriors July 4 to September 2.

Camps are open to boys and girls ages 5-18 and include baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey, multi-sports and games, and volleyball. Register today.

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