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The Waterloo story

Since it was launched in 1957 by a group of industrialists with a dream of changing the world through innovation and research, Waterloo has become an internationally recognized leader in entrepreneurship and innovation. From high-level cryptography that keeps your information secure, to the safety and sustainability of the water we drink, Waterloo continues to shape the world we share.

Teaching and research excellence remain core to Waterloo’s mission. Waterloo continues to stand out among Canadian universities, ranked as the nation’s most innovative university for 25 consecutive years (according to Maclean's magazine), and #1 in Canada for Computer Science and Engineering (U.S. News and World Report).

The Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum Nano Centre, opening Fall 2012

The Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre, an emblem of investment in fundamental research that will help researchers tackle some of today's most challenging problems and seed some of tomorrow's biggest innovations.

At Waterloo, experiential learning takes place within a research environment. Learning that transcends disciplinary, institutional and international boundaries encourages students to address real challenges in new and innovative ways. The opportunity to learn in such a dynamic and relevant way attracts the best and brightest students from across Canada and around the world — with 31,380 full- and part-time undergraduates and 5,290 full- and part-time graduate students currently enrolled in Waterloo programs.  

Imbued with a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship, Waterloo is changing the world we live in, earning a place among the most respected and recognized universities on the planet.