Rob Gordon at podiumUWindsor president Robert Gordon emphasized the institution’s pivotal role within the community Wednesday during his State of the University address.

UWindsor president delivers optimistic Together for Tomorrow address

University of Windsor president Robert Gordon presented an uplifting “Together for Tomorrow” State of the University address on Wednesday, underscoring the institution’s academic excellence and critical role in propelling regional prosperity through knowledge, research, and innovation.

Speaking to faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners, Dr. Gordon outlined UWindsor’s key milestones and the strategic path ahead.

“Together, we can advance opportunities across our campus, city, region, and beyond, sustaining the momentum gained during the past year and leveraging successes,” he said, emphasizing the power of co-operation and novel thinking in promoting economic diversity and endurance.

“We’re more than a place of learning; we’re a powerhouse contributing nearly a billion dollars to Canada’s GDP.”

Over the past year, the University achieved its highest-ever position in several global rankings, showcasing the dedication of the University community to advancing research, teaching, learning, and community engagement.

“Our progress reflects the extensive efforts of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and partners,” he said.

Underscoring sustainability, the address highlighted the recently released Carbon Neutrality Masterplan, which sets ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting a sustainable campus culture.

“This bold masterplan positions the University of Windsor as a leader in this regard in Windsor-Essex and beyond,” Gordon said.

The president also spotlighted the University’s academic accomplishments and its dedication to providing hands-on learning opportunities to its student population of nearly 18,000 students from 106 countries. “The University of Windsor excels in this area.”

Through co-op, internships, field placements, clinical practicums and service learning, UWindsor students contributed more than one million hours to community workplaces last year.

Gordon highlighted the employability of UWindsor graduates with 95 per cent finding jobs in their field within two years.

The State of the University address also acknowledged UWindsor’s commitment to an inclusive campus culture, including in Truth and Reconciliation and efforts to bolster equity, diversity, and mental wellness.

“First and foremost, we are a University that serves our students and our communities,” Gordon said.

“We are the University of Windsor and the University for Windsor.”

Gordon also addressed the challenges facing universities, especially the uncertainties created by recent government changes. He emphasized the importance of financial stability in fulfilling the University’s academic mission and serving its communities.

“It is imperative that we tackle these challenges together,” he said. “Working in collaboration, the University and region have made great strides.”

But, he added, there is more to do and accomplish. “Let us propel the University forward and advance the progress of our city and region.”

A video of the State of the University presentation is available on the University of Windsor YouTube channel.