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Professor and student

A different way of teaching

Teaching at Waterloo has always been less about delivering knowledge, and more about opening doors to discovery.

From the 20,000-square-foot Student Design Centre in Engineering 5, to undergraduate research fellowships in areas including health promotion, involving students in research starting at the undergraduate level is a teaching priority at Waterloo.

The Centre for Teaching Excellence fosters teaching and learning of the highest quality at Waterloo, supporting the development of instruction by working collaboratively with departments and individuals at all career stages.

Education with experience

Learning at Waterloo is part of a lifelong journey, something students carry with them into the world. Many return to Waterloo for graduate studies, or seek other professional designations.

With our leading co-operative education program, Waterloo pioneered a style of experiential learning that connects students with careers, allowing them to apply ideas developed in a classroom in real-world settings.

Co-op students of the year 2017

The winners of the University of Waterloo's Co-op Student of the Year Awards are (from left) Vincent Shadbolt, Jiajia Yin, Aaron Buckley, Emily Pass, Matthew Condie and Leah Drost.

Award winning teachers

Recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Teacher Awards are:

  • Wayne Chang, Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre;
  • Shannon Dea, Philosophy;
  • Jake Fisher, Chemistry; and
  • Julie Kate Seirlis, International Development. 

Read more about this year's winners

Recipients of the 2018 Amit and Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student are:

  • Amanda Garcia, Systems Design Engineering
  • Quinlan Lee, Economics
  • Anton Mosunov, Pure Mathematics

Read more about this year's winners