… the University of Western Ontario?
It was interesting writing the blog post earlier this week about COVID Visualizations and citing the source as Western University.
You see, growing up about an hour from London, it was always The University of Western Ontario or UWO for short. With relatives in the city and frequent trips to London, it was always impressive to see the incredibly beautiful old buildings. It was like the universities that you see in the movies. Classic.
When I was young, the mindset I had was that I would go to the closest university since I went to the closest elementary and secondary schools. I did learn eventually that you choose based on programs and I wanted Mathematics and Computer Science. There was only one place to go for that; other universities had great Mathematics programs but you had to take it through a Faculty of Science. I just wanted Mathematics. My choices were:
Waterloo accepted me and the rest was history. Still, UWO would have been nice since it was closer and I might have been able to commute. I eventually did attend the Faculty of Education at UWO for additional qualifications in Data Processing.
It’s got to be seen as a way of modernizing things? It’s not the only university to do a name change – there’s this university that calls itself Laurier although previously known as Wilfred Laurier University.
For a Sunday, how about some post secondary thoughts?
- Do you think “Western” or “Laurier” provides a more modern presentation than “University of Western Ontario” or “Wilfred Laurier University”?
- Do you have any other name change theories?
- What was Wilfred Laurier University previously called?
- Are there any other universities that have embraced a name change?
- Universities are often known for things that stick out. What do you think of when you think of the following universities?
Please share your thoughts in the comments.
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