Waterloo highest Canadian riser in prestigious world university ranking

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The University of Waterloo rose into the top 200 universities in the world placing 179 in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings released today.

Waterloo’s rise in the rankings, from 251-275 a year ago, is the largest rise amongst Canadian universities in the ranking. Waterloo is among just seven Canadian universities ranked in the top 200 in the world by Times Higher Education.

“I am pleased that the University of Waterloo’s strength in world class research, scholarship and innovation is again recognized on the global stage,” said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of Waterloo. “It’s particularly encouraging that Times Higher Education have made changes to their ranking methodology that better represents unconventional innovation institutions like ours.”

THE made significant changes to the methodology used to calculate their ranking this year. The changes include an expanded list of 800 universities from 400 previously, the use of a new data source for indicators based on journal article publications and citations as well as a broader international survey instruments.

“The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, now in their 12th year, apply rigorous standards, using tough global benchmarks across all of a global research university’s key missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook,” said Phil Baty, editor of the THE World University Rankings. “The results are trusted by students and their families, academics, university leaders and governments. For University of Waterloo to make 179 in the world is an outstanding achievement to be celebrated.”

Earlier this month, Waterloo rose 17 spots to 152 in the world according to UK firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). QS also ranks Waterloo 20th in the world for its work in Mathematics, 24th for Computer Science and 48th in the world for Geography. The Academic Ranking of World Universities also ranked Waterloo 47th in the Engineering field.

Waterloo recently ranked 10th in the world in the Parchment Student Choice College Rankings 2016 that ranks schools based on student enrolment decisions and PitchBook ranked the University the top school in Canada for venture-capital backed entrepreneurs.

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 35,000 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 www.uwaterloo.ca.


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