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News Release: 3rd September, 2021

International Business University Appoints Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur as Chancellor

TORONTO – September 3rd, 2021:
International Business University (IBU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur as Chancellor

Feridun Hamdullahpur has been an engineer, educator and leader over the span of his more than 35 year career in research and higher education. He has served as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo since 2010. A professor of mechanical engineering, Hamdullahpur holds a PhD in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia after earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Istanbul. As President of the University of Waterloo, he devoted his tenure to fostering excellence in academics and research, with a dedication to developing an innovative culture committed to experiential education. Through his stewardship, the University of Waterloo has continued its legacy as Canada’s innovation university. Throughout his career, Feridun Hamdullahpur has been an active researcher in thermo-fluids and energy engineering, a passionate teacher and an academic administrator. He has authored hundreds of scientific and academic publications and supervised over 50 graduate students. He was named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2014. He has served in various academic and administrative roles, including as a Vice-President Academic and Provost at the University of Waterloo. He continues to serve as Chair of the Waterloo Global Science Initiative since 2016; an active member of the Sorbonne Université Strategic Orientation Committee since 2014; as a member of the King Abdulaziz University International Advisory Board since 2017; and as a member of the Board of Trustees since 2020 at World Education Services. He was named a Specially Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) in 2018. He was awarded the l’insigne de chevalier des Palmes Académiques by the French Republic in February 2020, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in January 2013.

Now Dr. Hamdullahpur brings his passion for innovation and global education to IBU, Ontario’s first private, not-for-profit, teaching-focused business university. As Chancellor, Dr. Hamdullahpur will foster an entrepreneurial spirit throughout IBU’s administration, faculty, staff, and students, as they pursue their mission to produce the next generation of international business giants, making a difference both in their own communities, and abroad.

News Release: 19th August, 2021

International Business University Appoints Joanne Shoveller as New President

With an international 30+ year career in post-secondary education administration, Joanne Shoveller will lead as IBU’s President and Vice-Chancellor effective January 1, 2022.

TORONTO – AUGUST 19, 2021:
International Business University (IBU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Joanne Shoveller as President and Vice-Chancellor effective January 1, 2022.

Ms. Shoveller is a well-regarded, seasoned leader who brings more than 30 years of domestic and international experience in post-secondary education administration to Canada’s newest private, not-for-profit university
“We’re building IBU to be a leader in personalized education at home and abroad. Top talent and visionary leaders like Joanne will be the foundation of that success,” said Dr. Serdar Mutlu founder, IBU. “We are thrilled to have Joanne join as our President and Vice-Chancellor. Her strategic thinking, global mind-set and collaborative approach are exactly what we need to grow the kind of strong, student-centric, globally focused centre for academic excellence that is our vision for IBU.”
Ms. Shoveller joins IBU from the University of Waterloo, where she has served as Vice-President of Advancement since 2017. Having spent most of her career focused on building strong, responsive institutions she has held progressive roles in Part-Time and Continuing Education, University Advancement, and the Ivey Business School at Western University.
In 1997 she was assigned to Hong Kong to help found Ivey’s Asian campus and then went on to assume the leadership of the Ivey MBA program until 2004. Ms. Shoveller has also led the advancement teams at the University of Guelph (2004-2012) and INSEAD Business School in France (2012-2016).
“I’m thrilled to be joining IBU, an institution that doesn’t just talk about putting its students first but is deeply committed to their individual success and is ready to address students that could otherwise be left behind,” said Shoveller. “If we have a talent shortage, particularly in diverse sectors, we can’t address it if we only focus on those students that are destined for public institutions. We need to dive into the next layer, identify the gems, the unexpected leaders, and focus on the support we can offer to unpack their potential. That’s what I love to do and that’s what IBU is going to deliver.”
Receiving Ministerial consent in 2020, IBU is Canada’s newest not for profit, private university. Welcoming its first cohort to its campus in downtown Toronto in the fall of 2021, IBU offers a personalised, inclusive, student experience, high academic integrity and a curriculum and teaching approach that are in tune with the needs of today’s economy so that graduates will be job ready on day one. IBU exists to build an expanded, diverse, domestic, and international talent pipeline that’s equipped with the technical, management, and emotional skills needed to meet evolving employer demands.

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