Waterloo ranked top research university for ninth straight year

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The University of Waterloo is Research University of the Year among Canadian comprehensive universities nine years running, according to rankings released by Research Infosource today.

The designation under Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities is based on performance of a balanced set of input, output, and impact measures and recognizes superior achievement in both earning research income and publishing research in leading scientific journals. Waterloo ranked 12th among Canada’s top 50 research universities on the 2016 list for sponsored research income with $180 million.

"The University of Waterloo continues to define research innovation in Canada with high-impact transformational research that changes lives and advances industries around the world," said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of Waterloo. "We’re proud to receive this recognition for the ninth year in a row as it demonstrates the breadth of interdisciplinary research at Waterloo, and the impact it is having around the world."

As Research Infosource marks 15 years of ranking Canadian universities, Waterloo placed second for total research income with $1.9 billion and first for the highest number of research publications (over 26,000) during the last 15 years among comprehensive universities, as calculated by Research Infosource. Waterloo was also named third for publications growth and research income growth during the last 15 years.

These results represent another example of Waterloo’s excellent performance in global rankings. Waterloo moved up in the Times Higher Education {THE) world university ranking from 179 last year to 173 this year. Waterloo maintained its position in both the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking at 152nd in the world, and in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) in the 201-300 ranking band. Earlier this year, QS ranked Waterloo 26th in the world for Computer Science, 29th in Mathematics, and 45th for Geography. THE ranked Waterloo 23rd in the world for Computer Science, and ARWU ranked Waterloo 24th in the world in Electrical Engineering, and 32nd in the world for Energy Science. US News and World Global Ranking of Universities ranked Waterloo 1st in Canada for Computer Science and Engineering.

Considered one of Canada's leading consulting firms for organizations with interests in science, technology, and innovation, Research Infosource ranks top research universities in three categories: Medical/Doctoral, Comprehensive, and Undergraduate. The group measures institutions based on 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 uwaterloo.ca


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