University of Waterloo launches new homepage
- New pathways to the Daily Bulletin
- Well, here we are again: in the world's top 200
- Brandon Sweet
- Communications and Public Affairs
Great Egret! Scott Paterson, software integration specialist in the Arts Computing Office, snapped this pic yesterday that should remind us that it's not all Canada geese all the time on campus. No word yet on whether this heron is into spoken word poetry.
Speaking of waterfowl, bonus points to anyone who remembers the name of the solitary Muscovy duck who used to hang out near Health Services.
University of Waterloo launches new homepage
The University of Waterloo has launched its new website at uwaterloo.ca. The new homepage has a strong focus on telling the stories of the University of Waterloo's innovative culture and international impact. Implemented in the university’s new web content management system, it is designed to make it easier for a wide range of audiences to find specific information about the university, its programs and its people. The design of the new homepage supports the strategic objectives of the university captured in a homepage content strategy and is WCAG 2.0 Level A compliant. Collaboration between communications and technical specialists at the university was key to the success of the launch.
A key aim of the homepage is to help visitors get timely information about the university and to quickly connect visitors with content relevant to them in the university’s web-space.
The homepage is managed by Communications & Public Affairs, and involves collaboration with colleagues across the university; ongoing input and support are provided by Communications Council, Information Systems & Technology (the managers of the WCMS), and the Web Advisory Committee. The new homepage will continually evolve to meet the university’s strategic objectives and user needs based on research and analytics.
New pathways to the Daily Bulletin
You know how they say it's not the destination, but the journey? Well, perceptive readers may have noticed that the Daily Bulletin's headlines no longer appear on the university's homepage. Where they do appear, however, are on the new pathway pages for Current Students, Faculty, and Staff. More will be said about these pathway pages and the resources they provide to university community members in the near future, but for now, all you need to know is that the top headlines from the Daily Bulletin will appear in a box on the right hand side of the page.
Of course, the Daily Bulletin is still accessible through its own website. How else did you get here?
Well, here we are again: in the world's top 200
The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) has again named the University of Waterloo among the top 200 universities in the world, with results that place it seventh among 22 Canadian institutions. Now in its tenth year, latest edition of the global university ranking was released on August 14.
Waterloo is within the 151-200 range of ranked institutions. After the top 100 institutions are ranked individually, the next 400 universities appear in groups, and are not assigned a specific number.
"The University of Waterloo is committed to its goal of achieving a level of academic excellence that puts us among the top 100 universities in the world," said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president & vice-chancellor of Waterloo. "While we are pleased with these results, we will continue with our dynamic, innovative approach so that we may build on our successes to meet our objective."
The ARWU is a product of the Centre for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. It ranks more than 1,000 universities around the world based on criteria that include:
- The number of alumni and university personnel who have won Nobel prizes and Fields medals;
- the number of highly cited researchers;
- the number of articles published in the journals Science and Nature;
- the number of articles indexed in the Science Citation Index; and
- per-capita performance with respect to the institution's size.
Waterloo gained ground in several areas. It is ranked 43rd in the world in the Engineering/Technology and Computer Science category, and its ranking puts it second in Canada. Last year, Waterloo was in the 52-75 category.
This year, the university also appears in categories where it was unranked in 2011. In the broad subject field of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Waterloo is now in the 151-200 category. Waterloo is within the 76-100 range for chemistry, the 101-150 range for mathematics, and the 151-200 range for physics. It remained in the 76-100 range for computer science, unchanged from last year.
"Waterloo's impressive results in these subject areas reflect the hard work and accomplishments of the students, alumni and faculty," said Hamdullahpur. "The university continues to attract the best and brightest, and these rankings will undoubtedly reinforce to the world the top-quality research and innovation at Waterloo."
The release of the ARWU rankings marks the start of university ranking season, with two other sets of worldwide rankings to be released in the coming weeks, prepared by Britain’s Times Higher Education newspaper and by the consulting firm Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd. Also coming this fall will be two sets of rankings for Canadian universities, one prepared by the Globe and Mail newspaper and one, naturally, from Maclean’s magazine.
Student Accounts office opens late tomorrow morning
Customers take note: The Student Accounts office will be opening at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 17 instead of its usual opening time of 8:30 a.m.
Link of the day
When and where
Retirement celebration for Judy Richardson, Thursday, August 16, 3:00 p.m., Centre for Extended Learning, Gage Ave, Kitchener.
Two Weeks at WATERLOO: A Summer School for Women in Math public lecture featuring Charmaine Dean, Dean of Science, Western University, Historical Trends in Forest Fires: Assessing Insurance and Health Effects," Thursday, August 16, reception from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in DC 1301, lecture from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in DC 1302.
Mathematics Faculty Honeybun Reunion, Saturday, August 18. Details.
CTE656 Getting Started in LEARN, session 0039, Tuesday, August 21, 10:00 a.m., FLEX Lab, LIB 329. Register through myHRinfo.
International Spouses event: "Singin' in the Rain" (with Gene Kelly) Sunday, August 26 at 1:00 p.m. Must pre-register. See website for details.
Fall 2012 Promissory Notes and payments are due August 27.
CTE656 Getting Started in LEARN, session 0040, Wednesday, August 29, 1:00 p.m., FLEX Lab, LIB 329. Register through myHRinfo.
Perspectives on Academic Freedom conference, Thursday, September 6, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Waterloo Inn. Details.
Weight Watchers At Work registration session Thursday, September 6, 12:15, PAS 2438, info at ext. 32218.
International Longevity Risk Conference, Friday, September 6 to Saturday, September 7, all day. Hosted by the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science. Details.
UW Farmer's Market, Thursday, September 13, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall. Details.
Centre for Career Action Volunteer Fair, Wednesday, September 19, 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.
UWRC Book Club, "Lakeland" by Allan Casey (Region of Waterloo One Book, One Community selection), Wednesday, September 19, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.
Waterloo Lecture featuring Douglas Cowan, "Sacred Space: The Quest for Transcendence in Science Fiction Film and Television," Wednesday, September 19, 7:00 p.m., Stratford Public Library, 19 St. Andrew St., Stratford. Hosted by the Waterloo Stratford Campus.
UW Farmer's Market, Thursday, September 20, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall. Details.
Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre Grand Opening, Friday, September 21, 10:00 a.m.
School of Planning Induction Ceremony, Saturday, September 22, reception at 9:30 a.m. in the Environment 3 atrium, ceremony at 11:00 a.m. in Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages.
Rotary Scholarship Dinner for UW Stratford Campus, Wednesday, September 26, 6:15 p.m., Rotary Club of Stratford. Details.
St. Jerome's Alumni Golf Classic, Saturday, September 29, 8:00 a.m., Grey Silo Golf Club. Contact Kelly Macnab at kmacnab @uwaterloo.ca for details.
Reunion 2012, Saturday, September 29, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., various locations on campus.