Founded in 1878 by Bishop Isaac Hellmuth, ‘The Western University of London Ontario opened its doors to students for the first time in 1881 with four faculties – Arts, Divinity, Law and Medicine. As of 2016, over 27,000 students study at eleven different faculties.
Western aspires to be a leading educational institution in sustainability and stewardship by embedding sustainable practices into its curriculum, operations, and research. With several initiatives covering Energy & Climate, Waste Reduction, Eating on Campus, Buildings & Green Space, Transportation, UTOSS (initiative to reduce paper waste), Water, Sustainable Procurement and Fair Trade Campus, Western has been awarded multiple times for its commitment to sustainability.
President Amit Chakma
Amit Chakma is the 10th President & Vice-Chancellor of Western University. President Chakma arrived at Western in July 2009 after serving the University of Waterloo since 2001 as Vice-President, Academic & Provost, and as a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Prior to that, he served as Dean of Engineering and then Vice-President (Research) and International Liaison Officer at the University of Regina. He began his academic career as a professor of chemical and petroleum engineering at the University of Calgary. On November 22, 2012, Western’s Board of Governors re-appointed Amit to a second term as President extending to June 30, 2019.
Amit is a graduate of the Algerian Petroleum Institute (Dip. Ing., 1982) and the University of British Columbia (Master of Applied Science, 1984 and PhD, chemical engineering, 1987). The author of more than 100 articles, he is an expert in areas related to petroleum research and energy management. His research interests include mass transfer, gas separation, gas processing, membrane separation, petroleum waste management, greenhouse gas control technology, and energy and environmental systems modeling.