Every year, six exceptional co-op students, one from each faculty, are recognized by the University of Waterloo for their contribution to their employer, their community and the further development of experiential education.
For the past four years, the University of Waterloo has been ranked the number one university in Canada for employer-student connections, according to the 2020 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Graduate Employability Rankings.
The “Employer-Student Connections” metric is measured by determining the number of individual employers who have been actively present on a university’s campus over the past twelve months, providing students with opportunities to network and acquire information. Actively present employers participate in career fairs, specialized company presentations and any other self-promoting activities or events. The data for this metric is adjusted to account for the size of each institution and considers the number of students presently enrolled.
By Mahek Kacheria, 3A Environment and Business co-op student
For my first co-op term, I landed an international job opportunity with Kaizen Institute in my hometown Ahmedabad, India. I worked at their regional marketing division for India & Africa as the Business Development and Marketing Associate.
Adaptability was the theme of the term. From starting work the morning after a 30-hour journey to travelling to another city for a conference jet-lagged, this experience gave me the conﬁdence to overcome so many obstacles.
The first-ever Global Charter for Co-op and Work-Integrated Education has been signed by more than 50 university and college presidents, education association executives and high-ranking government officials. The signing happened on August 6, 2019, as part of the 2019 WACE World Conference in at the University of Cincinnati.
Among the charter signatories was Dr. Norah McRae, Associate Provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education for the University of Waterloo.
“For over 60 years, the University of Waterloo has been a world-leader in co-operative education, largely due to our focus on training students to be adaptive, resilient, future-ready problem solvers,” says McRae. “It was an honour to sign this charter to symbolize our ongoing global commitment to developing stronger international work-integrated learning experiences that prepare students to address the critical, growing needs of the world’s economy.”