Highlights from the 2017/18 fiscal year
May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018 (Source: IAP/WaterlooWorks)
Co-operative education is a hallmark of excellence at the University of Waterloo. What started with a cohort of 74 students in 1957 has grown to more than 21,000 today. Not only have we grown in numbers during this time, we've evolved to bring work-integrated learning to all students in any plan. With co-op remaining a pillar of the University's strategic plan, it's no wonder nearly seven out of 10 Waterloo students were registered in a co-op program in fall 2017.
A driver of enrolment growth
According to the 2017 Incoming Student Survey, 71% of incoming undergraduate students would not have accepted their offer without co-op. The University has nearly three times as many co-op students as the next two largest post-secondary co-op institutions - combined.
Take a look at the interactive chart below to see a breakdown of University of Waterloo enrolment over the last five years across multiple data points.
Full-time paid work terms, alternating with study terms, enable students to deepen their learning in their fields of study, develop transferable skills that will help them in careers and throughout their lives, and enhance their ability to learn quickly and comprehensively.
Take a look at the interactive chart below for a breakdown of the top countries our co-op students work in.
Employers travel from all over the world to recruit Waterloo students. The size and scale of Waterloo's co-op program require an unparalleled level of support from staff and faculty partners.
The University's employer network stretches around the world. Co-op support staff are strategically located across Canada to offer support to employers and students no matter where they are.
The Centre for Career Action (CCA) provides employment, career development and further education preparation for all Waterloo students, alumni and employees. This includes individualized career advising sessions and audience-tailored workshops/events. CCA also provides co-op supports to pre-first work term students and takes the lead on student instruction and Teaching Assistant (TA) training for several co-op and career prep courses. In 2017/18, the team provided extensive training to 174 student-staff and TAs to enhance the skills of career influencers across campus. That training had an indirect reach of approximately 8,800 students. This is on top of CCA’s direct impact:
University graduate survey data shows that Waterloo co-op grads enjoy better career success than graduates from other Ontario universities.
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