Maclean's 2013 rankings confirm University of Waterloo's reputation as Canada's most innovative university for 21 consecutive years

Thursday, November 1, 2012

WATERLOO, Ont. (Thursday, November 1, 2012) – Maclean’s magazine has once again recognized the University of Waterloo as the most innovative university in Canada.

Waterloo is consistently one of the top universities in the Reputation Survey of the Maclean’s annual rankings of Canadian universities. Waterloo is among the top three in Canada in the categories of Best Overall, Highest Quality and Leaders of Tomorrow. This is the 21st consecutive time that Waterloo has been ranked Canada’s top university for innovation.

“I am pleased to see that corporate and academic leaders responding to the Maclean’s survey have once again given the University of Waterloo top marks for innovation,” said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of Waterloo. “Our success in providing innovative programs, experiential learning and an entrepreneurial culture is critical to attracting the best and brightest students and faculty. Waterloo is known as a university where innovation and academic excellence converge, and we are committed to continuing with this tradition of excellence.”

Other areas where Waterloo excelled came within rankings pertaining to students at comprehensive universities. Waterloo’s students continued to win more national awards than their peers. The university invests more than all others in scholarships and bursaries as a percentage of university operating budgets.

The university’s faculty was also lauded given Waterloo finished at or near the top among comprehensive universities in the Faculty category. It placed first for national faculty awards, first in attracting social sciences and humanities grants, and third in awards for medical and science grants.  Waterloo maintained its second-place finish in total research dollars to comprehensive universities.

“It’s so rewarding to see the students, faculty and staff within the institution recognized for their contribution to the overall success of the university,” said Sallie Ann Keller, vice-president academic & provost at Waterloo. “These top-place results are largely due to the quality of their work and their unwavering commitment to excellence and student success."

Maclean’s has been ranking Canadian universities for 22 years, and this year’s rankings issue is on newsstands today.

About the University of Waterloo

In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada's technology hub, has become one of Canada's leading comprehensive universities with 34,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Waterloo, as home to the world's largest post-secondary co-operative education program, embraces its connections to the world and encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research and discovery. In the next decade, the university is committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow. For more information about Waterloo, please visit


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