The strength and excellence of the scientific and academic relationship between the University of Waterloo and France was celebrated Tuesday February 25th evening. Ambassador Kareen Rispal awarded the insignia of Chevalier des Palmes Académiques to Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo, in recognition of his commitment to intensive collaboration in higher education and research with France.

He received a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia and has since pursued an outstanding academic and institutional career. President and Vice-Chancellor of the prestigious University of Waterloo since 2010, his presidency is focused on academic excellence and innovation. His resolutely international vision of higher education and research has enabled the University to build and develop numerous international agreements and partnerships in recent years.




The University of Waterloo is ranked among the top research universities in Canada and has been considered the most innovative for 27 consecutive years.

It has a historic relationship with France. It has been a member of the France-Canada Research Fund (FCRF) since its creation in 2000 and has forged special ties with the University of Bordeaux. Since 2010, the two institutions have continuously strengthened their scientific collaborations in specific areas of expertise such as functional materials for energy, health, environment and nanoscience. Thesis co-supervisions and research projects have been rapidly set up, leading to numerous co-publications in the last five years.

This flourishing partnership is a fine example of the University of Waterloo’s desire to develop its academic and scientific links with France. Dr. Hamdullahpur’s distinction highlights his major contribution to the development of France-Canada relations, emphasizes the benefits of collaboration between universities in both countries and the place of research in academic excellence.