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Waterloo ranked top research university among comprehensives for 10 years in a row

Thursday, October 26, 2017

For the tenth consecutive year, the University of Waterloo is Research University of the Year among Canadian comprehensive universities, according to Research Infosource.

The announcement comes just weeks after Maclean’s magazine ranked Waterloo the most innovative university in Canada for the 26th consecutive year. Maclean’s annual ranking of Canadian universities also named Waterloo second for best overall, highest quality, and leaders of tomorrow out of the 49 universities surveyed.

The designation announced today as part of Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities is based on a balanced set of input, output, and impact measures that distinguishes exceptional achievement in research income and publishing research in leading scientific journals.

Waterloo also ranked first among comprehensive Research Universities of the Year for total sponsored research income, total number of publications and publication intensity, or the total number of publications per full-time faculty.

The University ranked 13th among Canada’s top 50 research universities for total sponsored research income, with more than $166 million. It ranked fifth overall for publication intensity. Waterloo placed second among comprehensive universities for total corporate research income over the past five years with more than $74 million.

 “We are honoured to have earned the distinction and recognition of research university of the year for a full decade,” says Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of Waterloo. “We intend to continue to lead Canadian research innovation with high-impact research that improves quality of life and advances our economy, as part of our goal to become one of the world’s top innovation universities.”

This achievement recognizes Waterloo’s extraordinary performance in international rankings. Also this week, the 2018 US News Global University Rankings named Waterloo engineering first in Canada and 51st in the world, computer science second in Canada and 15th in the world. Chemistry ranked second in Canada and 103rd in the world, and materials science ranked second in Canada and 112th in the world.

Earlier this month, Waterloo ranked in the top one per cent (263) of 27,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide in this year’s Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), the largest academic ranking of global universities.

Waterloo maintained its position in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking at 152nd in the world. The prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings placed Waterloo 31st in the world for computer science, 34th for mathematics and 13th hospitality and leisure management studies. Waterloo also ranked in QS top 100 for statistics and operational research, sports related subjects, material science, environmental science, geography, architecture, psychology and civil, chemical and electrical engineering.

 “We are pleased to be recognized and named a leader, once again, among comprehensive universities across Canada, for research excellence. It’s an element of our roots and culture that truly drives innovation worldwide,” says Charmaine Dean, Vice-President, University Research.

Considered one of Canada's leading consulting firms for organizations with interests in science, technology, and innovation, Research Infosource ranks top research universities in the medical/doctoral, comprehensive, and undergraduate categories, measured by research input and output impact.

About the University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo is Canada’s top innovation university. With more than 36,000 students we are home to the world's largest co-operative education system of its kind. Our unmatched entrepreneurial culture, combined with an intensive focus on research, powers one of the top innovation hubs in the world. Find out more at


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