University of Windsor Helping Students Achieve Their Promise

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This fall, the University of Windsor launched a very simple but compelling value proposition:

It reflects our belief that we all have within us the promise to be someone better, the promise to show that we are more capable than we – or others – might believe, the promise to contribute to making the world we live in a better place.

“Our goal is to help students achieve their promise”, said Alan Wildeman, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Windsor. “A vibrant learning community for students is the foundation for discovery and innovation that helps our community and contributes to a changing world”.

And through our more than 200 programs and highly regarded professional schools, such as law, business, engineering, education, nursing, social work and human kinetics, we can do just that.

We are also a medium-sized university of about 15,000 students who enjoy the benefits of greater collaboration with faculty members, the latest in classroom teaching technology and a world-class hub for innovation and research.

In fact, the University of Windsor has just been ranked among the top universities in the world for the first time in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017.

UWindsor is one of only 26 Canadian Universities that the London, England-based Times Higher Education says are “counted among the world’s best.” There are 96 universities in Canada. In all, 980 universities – out of about 20,000 institutions worldwide – qualified for the Times Higher Education list.

The University of Windsor is also in a unique location and community to help students achieve their promise.

We live in vibrant and diverse region on the shores of the Great Lakes, share a border with the City of Detroit, are located next to North America’s busiest trade crossing and are the home of Canada’s key manufacturing sector – the auto industry.

Our graduate students and researchers not only contribute to the well-being of the Windsor-Essex region, but our province, our country and the world.

For example, the University’s Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER) is one of the largest lakewater research centres in Canada and among the top five worldwide in scientific citations. Work related to the impact of industrialization, agricultural run-off and invasive species is adding important insight into what must be done to ensure clean water in the Great Lakes Basin.

The University’s Cross-Border Institute (CBI) has developed expertise in cross-border business and the movement of goods and people across borders, both critical to Canada’s economic future. It is a leading centre for research on cross-border supply chains and transportation.

CBI works in co-operation with the Institute for Border Logistics and Security (IBLS) in a unique joint effort by the City and University to advance the Windsor-Essex region as a world leader in cross-border logistics and security.

The University also plays a key role in auto-related research and innovation. Our partnership with Fiat Chrysler

Automobiles (FCA) at the Automotive Research and Development Centre has enabled our engineers and scientists and students to play a direct role in the design and engineering of many product in the FCA portfolio – including the acclaimed 2017 Chrysler Pacifica that’s built in Windsor.

Students receive a hands-on industrial experience in automotive innovation while working with industry experts.

The University is also playing an important role in the revitalization of Windsor’s core and helping to preserve the area’s history with the development of our downtown campus. A new building – which retains the historic facade of the former Windsor Star newspaper – now houses the School of Social Work and the Centre for Executive and Professional Education. The second phase of the downtown campus will see the School of Creative Arts anchored in the century-old site of the Windsor Armouries.

The University is a proud member of the Windsor-Essex region, and a key contributor to its success.