W100 Representative

Althea Blackburn-EvansChief Communications Officer

Western is ranked as one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities, with annual funding in excess of $240 million, and has a history of excellence in fundamental and applied discovery

Since its early days in the late 1870s, Western University has aimed at giving each of its students “The Western Experience”. Its 12 faculties and three affiliated university colleges offer its more than 36,000 students a choice of 400 study programmes. It was previously known as the University of Western Ontario, but went through a rebranding process in 2012, becoming commonly known as Western University.

Considered one of the country’s most beautiful universities, Western’s campus spans 400 acres of mixed architecture from Gothic-style buildings to modern, sustainable structures.

Its location in London, Canada’s eleventh largest city, offers students an escape to a thriving cultural hub of shopping, theatre, dancing, cinema, and sports. Its 200 parks provide a natural backdrop, and it is affectionately known as the Forest City. Western’s teaching, research and service missions encompass a wide range of activities which are a crucial part of the London community.

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Concentrate on place andengage the world

International activities have been a longstanding priority at Western. We have a heightened emphasis and investment in these important activities. A primary objective of Western International is to support an environment and community that promotes the education of global-ready graduates.

With research collaborations on every continent and students and faculty trained far and wide, Western is actively engaged internationally. Partners include institutions, government organizations and other public sector parties, non-profit organizations, and the private sector.

In addition to formal partnerships, Faculties and Schools, individual faculty members, and students are connecting Western with the world and bringing global perspective to our campus every day.

Global development work at Western draws upon creating partnerships with colleagues in the Global South in order to collaborate on teaching, research, and service to address some of the most challenging global issues that exist today – from HIV/AIDS to poverty reduction to adequate education, food security, and health care.

Different from international projects or exchanges, global development programs involve students, staff, and faculty at Western working with international partners to seek sustainable local solutions to significant global issues. The approach is based on principles of reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationships which honour local knowledge and leadership to learn together while advancing local solutions.

Key strategic themes:

  • Grow strategically
  • Stimulate our research, scholarship, and creative activity
  • Promote teaching and learning for the future
  • Enrich the student experience
  • Advance Reconciliation with Indigenous communities
  • Create a more equitable and inclusive Western
  • Thrive through belonging
  • Concentrate on place, and …
  • … Engage the world
  • Sustainability, an imperative

Mobilize for Impact!


Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada


active licenses through WORLDiscoveries

Western ranks as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. From fundamental to applied discovery and other scholarly activities, its scholars advance knowledge that provides tangible benefits for the economic, social, health and cultural development of citizens in London, in Canada and around the world.

Measures of Excellence:

  • 6 research areas ranked in the top 100 globally
  • 82 Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada
  • 248 active licenses through WORLDiscoveries
  • 50 active spin-off companies through WORLDiscoveries

Western’s researchers, scholars, and artists seek to understand the world in which we live and to examine the role the academy plays in society. They contribute to the sum of human knowledge, preserve it, connect it to communities, and pass it down to future generations.

The breadth of these contributions underpins, traverses, and transcends the five areas of research activity identified below:

  • A healthy future
  • A Creative Future
  • A Sustainable & Resilient Future
  • A Technologically-Informed Future
  • A Just & Equitable Future

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