2019 QS World University Rankings places computer science at Waterloo 22nd globally

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) released its 2019 World University Rankings and once again Waterloo finds itself amongst the best universities in Canada and around the world. Building on momentum, computer science at Waterloo ranked 22ndglobally, up nine spots relative to the 2018 ranking. 

“This is one of the most extensive evaluative exercises we conduct, offering universities and their stakeholders alike authoritative insight into the quality of an institution’s capacity to foster outstanding academic standards, research impact, and graduate employability,” said Jack Moran, official QS spokesperson. “The University of Waterloo’s strong record of innovation is well-evidenced here.”

QS, the world’s largest international higher education network, ranks the world’s top universities on 48 subjects based on factors like academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty, student-to-faculty ratio, proportion of international faculty, and proportion of international students.


Mark Giesbrecht, Director of the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

“The QS ranking of the Cheriton School of Computer Science as number 22 in the world recognizes the exceptional research and education being delivered by our members,” said Mark Giesbrecht, Director of the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science. “It rightly places Waterloo computer science in a league with the most innovative institutions in the world of computing, with an extensive impact in academia and industry.”

“The continued acknowledgement of our programs reflects the excellence of the Faculty of Mathematics,” said Dean of Mathematics Stephen Watt. “Our international reputation is possible because of our high calibre researchers, strong undergraduate and graduate students, and the successes of our alumni.”

 “I am pleased that these rankings show the wide range of excellence in teaching and research that has made the University of Waterloo one of the world’s most innovative universities,” said Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-chancellor of Waterloo. “We will continue to ensure our students receive a world-class education from extraordinary researchers who are making a global impact.”

All of Waterloo’s six faculties are represented in the QS ranking with 13 subject areas including chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, geography, psychology, and physics and astronomy landing in the global top 100 overall.

Curious where Waterloo’s other programs ranked against the world’s best? Check out the full ranking from QS.

 This article was retrieved from the Cheriton School of Computer Science website on February 28, 2019. 

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