Maclean's 2010 rankings confirm University of Waterloo's reputation as Canada's top university

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
WATERLOO, Ont. (Nov. 10, 2010) - Maclean's magazine has once again recognized the University of Waterloo as having the best reputation of any Canadian university.

Waterloo has again emerged as the top university in the Reputation Survey of the Maclean's annual rankings of Canadian universities. Waterloo has also taken the top spot in three of the four reputation subcategories – Best Overall, Most Innovative and Leaders of Tomorrow – and finished second in the subcategory measuring Highest Quality.

"It is gratifying to see that corporate and academic leaders have once again recognized Waterloo as one of Canada's most innovative universities, the best overall and the leader at producing the leaders of tomorrow," said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president of the University of Waterloo. "The Maclean's rankings, like many others, offer an interesting and relevant indicator against which we and others can measure excellence as well as develop strategies for future success."

Maclean's has ranked Waterloo as the Most Innovative in each of the last 19 years. It also ranked Waterloo the Best Overall in 17 of the last 19 years and first in producing the Leaders of Tomorrow in 13 of the last 19 years.

Waterloo also maintained its usual first-place ranking amongst comprehensive universities in two subcategories that relate to students. Its students won more national and international awards than their peers measured over a five year period. They also received more scholarships and bursaries, as a percentage of university budgets.

Waterloo also finished at or near the top of subcategories that relate to faculty. It placed first in its ability to attract social science and humanities grants, second in total research dollars it attracts, and third in awards for full-time faculty as well as in medical and science grants.

"This is a well-deserved bit of recognition for our students and faculty, who contribute so much to the overall success of the organization," said Geoff McBoyle, provost and vice-president, academic.

And once again, Waterloo finished third overall among comprehensive universities, the position it has held since 2007.

Maclean's has been ranking Canadian universities for 20 years. The 2010 rankings issue will begin appearing on newsstands early next week.

About Waterloo

The University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada's Technology Triangle, is one of Canada's leading comprehensive universities. Waterloo is home to 30,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students who are dedicated to making the future better and brighter. Waterloo, known for the largest post- secondary co-operative education program in the world, supports enterprising partnerships in learning, research and discovery. For more information about Waterloo, visit


Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor, 519-888-4567
ext. 32202

Michael Strickland, Waterloo media relations, 519-888-4777

Waterloo news release no. 88

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