University rankings published at the end of February by UK firm Quaquarelli Symonds (QS) ranked the University of Waterloo among the top 100 universities in the world. Computer science and mathematics were ranked 24th in the world, and second amongst Canadian universities in both subjects.
Waterloo was also ranked within the top 100 for civil engineering, electrical engineering, geography, environmental sciences, statistics, and operational research. In total, 19 subjects at Waterloo were ranked by QS in the top 200 in the world.
“That really underlines the breadth of excellence in teaching and research that exists here,” said Ellen Réthoré, associate VP of marketing and strategic communication. UW President Feridun Hamdullahpur echoed that sentiment in a UW media release saying, “We strive to achieve a level of academic and research excellence to meet our goal of becoming one of the world’s most innovative universities.”
One of UW’s goals in the five-year plan is to be in the top 100 universities in the world overall.
“We are a university that is built on a foundation of excellent academic programming enriched with a unique mix of experiential learning with co-op and a wealth of support for entrepreneurially minded individuals,” Réthoré said. “Combine this with world class strength in research in areas like mathematics, computer science, nanotechnology engineering, and you can see why we are rightly recognized as one of Canada’s top universities.”
The university has several expansion plans in the near future to set out areas of focus to help boost UW’s global standings. Leaders from across campus have teamed up to focus on implementing plans to continue the university’s growth in entrepreneurship, academic programming, research, experiential learning, and the student experience.
A town hall meeting on entrepreneurship was recently held to share more plans in this area. More meetings are planned in the upcoming months.