UWaterloo Chemical Engineering ranks at the top in Canada again

The University of Waterloo’s Department of Chemical Engineering is tops in Canada, according to three of the most prestigious ranking organizations: National Taiwan University (NTU), Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), and US News and World Report.

While ranking scores differ among organizations, because each one uses its own set of criteria and methodologies, Waterloo’s department of Chemical Engineering ranks consistently high.

NTU: Number one in Canada

The University of Waterloo’s Department of Chemical Engineering ranks first in Canada in the latest National Taiwan University subject ranking, which measures research output and impact (research productivity 25%, research impact 35%, and research excellence 40%).

This is the eighth consecutive year in which NTU ranked our department first among all of the chemical engineering departments in Canada, an honour we have held for 9 of the 11 years that NTU has ranked the top 300 universities in 10 subjects.

ARWU – Tied for number one in Canada

The University of Waterloo’s Department of Chemical Engineering is tied for first in Canada with the University of Alberta’s Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering in the ARWU’s 2020 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. It measures research output and influence, as measured by publications and citations, among other things.

US News & World Report: Number two in Canada

University of Waterloo’s Chemical Engineering department placed 87th in worldwide university rankings for 2021, slightly behind University of Alberta’s Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering. US News and World Report bases its rankings on 13 measures of academic research and global and regional reputation. These include global and regional research reputation, publications, citations, international collaborations, and percentage of publications that are among the top 10% and papers that are among the top 1% most cited.

Research energizes teaching

“We are proud that the Department of Chemical Engineering has ranked so positively. Research is an important part of our mission. Our faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows excel at producing high-quality, influential research in traditional and modern chemical engineering. The high calibre of thought, collaboration and problem solving that invigorates our department creates an exciting education environment and sets high standards for all of our students” says Marc Aucoin, Professor and Interim Chair of Chemical Engineering.

“Our world-class researchers share their passion and drive to discover new knowledge with our undergraduate students as well,” says Aucoin. “In the classroom, they learn from enthusiastic faculty who use their rich R&D experience to bring fundamental theories and concepts to life. Through the co-op program, they have opportunities to expand their knowledge through direct, hands-on involvement in the cutting-edge research taking place in our labs.”