Opinion – Universities must work more effectively with security agencies

Published on May 11, 2023

Universities must be deliberate about security precautions while promoting the principles of transparency, predictability, academic freedom and equity.

Universities are currently in the national security spotlight, but recent coverage has forgotten the unique position that institutions are in when it comes to protecting Canada’s national interests.

We are mandated to pursue and transmit knowledge and develop breakthroughs in strategic research areas, which strengthen the Canadian economy. Additionally, we are charged with making sure that same knowledge does not end up in the hands of foreign actors who might use it against Canadians or work against Canadian prosperity.


Contributed to the Toronto Star by Vivek Goel, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo

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