Sharing our expertise

For the past 23 years the University of Waterloo has been named Canada’s Most Innovative University by Maclean’s magazine.

Further, our faculty are globally renowned for transformative research that makes our community, and the world, a better place. We invite our community to access our research expertise and world-class facilities in a number of ways.

“Through the support of partners like the University of Waterloo, the Chamber Health Care Resources Council has recruited 166 new doctors to this community since 1998. At the same time, by establishing a Health Sciences Campus in downtown Kitchener, and partnering with McMaster University, the University of Waterloo has played a key role in addressing the critical shortage of physicians and pharmacists in our community.”

IAN MCLEAN, President and CEO, The Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce

Facts and figures

  • Leads online learning with 320+ courses in 40+ subjects allowing for our community to learn in new and innovative ways.
  • Reaches 21,000 patients at the School of Optometry and Vision Science each year, providing comprehensive patient care to adults, seniors and children through specialized clinics and community outreach programs.
  • Our 1,000-acre footprint includes four campuses, six faculties, 10 faculty-based schools, 42 Senate-approved research centres and institutes, and four affiliated and federated institutions.
  • Located in our Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, The Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) tracks our quality of life through 64 indicators in eight domains. The CIW regularly reports on well-being and seeks to influence social change based on evidence.
  • Our partnership with Grand River Hospital enables world-class, community-hospital research in the Waterloo region. Areas of study include stroke, cancer treatment, traumatic brain injury, and nutrition and aging.
  • 2015 marks 40 years of Ideas and Issues, a free lunchtime lecture series, in partnership with the Kitchener Public Library and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Did you know?

The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is a one-of-a-kind partnership that brings together the University of Waterloo, Schlegel Villages, and Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, to enhance the quality of life and care of older adults through research, education and practice.

A new Centre of Excellence for Innovation in Aging on our campus will include a 192-bed, long-term care facility where researchers can collaborate to tackle aging-related issues ranging from brain health and nutrition to coordinated health care delivery.

Community and University leaders break the ground for the RIA

University and community leaders kick off development for the new Centre of Excellence for Innovation in Aging.

Professor Rowland giving lecture

Ian Rowlands, Professor for the Faculty of Environment, gives a free public lecture at the Kitchener Public Library.


Community leaders pose to celebrate Grand River Hospital partnership

Joining together to celebrate our partnership and research excellence with the Grand River Hospital.

First Ideas and Issues schedule, printed 1974

The very first schedule and flyer for our collaborative Ideas and Issues lecture series, printed in 1974.


From the #UWCommunity blog

Grand River Hospital

Elevating research excellence with Grand River Hospital

By joining forces, these strong community leaders will build upon existing research involving the two institutions. Studies to date have included stroke, cancer treatment, traumatic brain injury, and nutrition and aging.

Enabling this world-class community hospital research to take place locally will elevate research excellence for both institutions and our community.