Three engineering subjects rank in the world’s top 100

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Waterloo Engineering notched three top-100 results in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) worldwide university subject rankings released today for 2019.

Electrical engineering led the way at 49th, followed by chemical engineering and civil engineering with global rankings between 51 and 100.

Architecture and mechanical engineering both cracked the top 150 in the annual rankings, which included 1,222 institutions.

Vincent Gaudet

Vincent Gaudet

Vincent Gaudet, chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, said two factors in electrical engineering's impressive showing are likely a focus on state-of-the-art experimental laboratories and the international reputations of a growing number of faculty members.

“We’re been working hard for many years – at the department level, at the faculty level and at the institutional level – to deliver high-quality programs and do great things, so it’s wonderful to see this recognition,” he said.

Other engineering disciplines at Waterloo weren’t among the 48 subjects ranked by the UK company based on academic reputation, employer reputation, and research citations and impact.

In the overall category of engineering and technology, one of five broad subject areas evaluated by QS, Waterloo ranked 46th in the world, up substantially from 70th in 2018.

In all five engineering disciplines covered by the rankings, Waterloo was in the top five in Canada.

Across all faculties at the University of Waterloo, 13 subjects made it into the top 100, including four subjects in the top 50.

Computer science at Waterloo was ranked 22nd, nine places higher than the previous two years.

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