The University of Waterloo has been the most innovative university in Canada every year for the past quarter-century, according to Maclean’s magazine. The survey has named Waterloo Canada’s most innovative university every year since the ranking began to measure it.

The Maclean’s annual ranking of Canadian universities, released today, also named Waterloo second in the Best Overall category. Waterloo also moved up to third place in Highest Quality and Leaders of Tomorrow.

In the comprehensive category of universities, faculty at Waterloo ranked first for awards and number of publications.  Based on Maclean’s own student satisfaction survey that was introduced last year, Waterloo is third overall among comprehensives and ranked first for experiential learning.

“The University of Waterloo came onto the scene nearly 60 years ago as a model of higher education reimagined—with experiential education, entrepreneurship and ties to industry at its core from the start,” said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of Waterloo. “We have continued to build on this solid foundation to provide an environment that enables us to attract the best and brightest students and produce top talent with global impact.”

Maclean’s reputational rankings are the result of a national survey of high school guidance counsellors, university officials, heads of national organizations, recruiters and CEOs of companies across Canada. 

Also this week, US News and World 2017 Global University Ranking released its annual global university ranking. Waterloo placed first among all Canadian universities for both computer science and engineering.

“The University’s outstanding results in these two important rankings are indicative of the high level of teaching excellence and research talent here,” said Hamdullahpur. “We appreciate this recognition of the hard work of everyone in our campus community, and will continue to work towards our goal to be recognized as one of the world’s top innovation universities.”

The 2017 edition of the US News and World Global University Rankings includes two sets of rankings: the top 1,000 universities overall, and the top universities in 22 subject disciplines.

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