International Research at Waterloo
Research at Waterloo
Innovation and collaboration are among the cornerstones of research success at Waterloo. In 2012, Research Infosource Inc. named Waterloo Canada's top research university of the year in the comprehensive category. To meet the university's overall research goal of becoming a global leader in the development and implementation of a knowledge-based society in the 21st century, Waterloo has developed a Strategic Research Plan (summary (pdf) and full plan (pdf)).
The Office of Research is integral in supporting researchers at Waterloo by providing assistance to further research through funding programs, connections with industry, as well as guidance on Waterloo policies and procedures.
More information about the variety and impact of research at Waterloo is available in the collection of Spectrum of Research brochures.
To meet the university's overall research goal, strategic objectives include accelerating a global presence through enhanced international collaborative research and significantly increasing international graduate student enrolment.
In each of Waterloo’s six Faculties, strong multidisciplinary programs of integrated basic research underpin numerous international research activities. Applied research is strongly supported by international collaborations with a variety of partners.
The University of Waterloo has developed a reputation as a leader in initiatives that benefit societies worldwide. Our faculty members work collaboratively with researchers and institutions around the globe. In the last three years, Waterloo researchers have worked with partners from an average of 35 countries each year and more than 53 countries overall.
Research centres and institutes
Research is an integral and intensive area at Waterloo, which is home to more than 40 senate approved centres and institutes. Many of our research centres and institutions are internationally-oriented and renowned. Most notably:
- Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC)
- the Water Institute
- Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR)
- Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN)
- Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE)
More information about the variety of Waterloo’s internationally-oriented research centres and institutions is available in our International Research brochure (pdf).
For additional information about international research and programs please contact:
For information about international industrial contacts please contact:
George Wright, International Liaison Officer and Director, Global Industrial Partnerships