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Waterloo ranked among top 50 for engineering and technology by international rankings body

Thursday, August 15, 2013

WATERLOO, Ont. (Thursday, August 15, 2013) - The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) has named the University of Waterloo among the top 50 universities in the world for academic achievement in engineering/technology and computer science for the second year running.

Waterloo ranked at 43 in the world for Engineering and amongst the top 200 universities overall globally. The results mark the fourth year running that the group has named Waterloo in the top 200 worldwide and places it seventh out of 23 Canadian institutions.

ARWU ranks more than 1,000 universities worldwide in broad fields and five specific subject fields. The group ranks schools without respect to region or size. Waterloo is within the 151-200 range of ranked institutions. After 100, the next 400 universities appear in groups, and not assigned a specific number.

"The University of Waterloo is proud of the excellence in research and academic programming that places us among the top universities in the world," said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president & vice-chancellor of Waterloo.  "These results demonstrate our core strength in research which, together with our unique experiential and entrepreneurial approaches to education, make us one of the worlds top innovation universities."

Waterloo’s ranking for the Engineering/Technology and Computer Science category puts it second in Canada. The university also appears in the top 100 globally in subject fields of computer science and chemistry as well as the top 150 for mathematics. Waterloo was ranked in the top 200 for economics/business for the first time.

The Centre for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University releases the ARWU. It ranks more than 1,000 universities around the world based on the following criteria:

  • Number of alumni and university staff who have won Nobel prizes and Fields medals
  • Number of highly cited researchers
  • Number of articles published in the journals Science and Nature
  • Number of articles indexed in the Science Citation Index
  • Per-capita performance with respect to the institution's size

The complete list of rankings and methodologies are available at the ARWU website.

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


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