Waterloo marks 11 straight years as top research university

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The University of Waterloo has been designated Research University of the Year among Canadian comprehensive universities by Research Infosource Inc. for the eleventh consecutive year.

The announcement follows recognition as the most innovative university in Canada for the 27th year in a row by Maclean’s magazine in its recent 2019 reputational survey. Waterloo was also named second in Canada for best overall and leaders of tomorrow.

The announcement by Research Infosource Inc. is part of Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities and 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.

“We are delighted that Research Infosource has once again recognized Waterloo’s research excellence,” says Charmaine Dean, Vice-President, University Research. “Our distinctive approach and focus on impactful research are what make Waterloo a global hub for discovery and innovation.”

Waterloo ranked 12th among Canada’s top 50 research universities for sponsored research income with more than $189 million. Among comprehensive universities, Waterloo placed first for research income, first for not-for-profit research income, and second for corporate research income over the past five years with more than $78 million.

On a scorecard of Research Universities of the Year (comprehensive), Research Infosource ranked Waterloo first for total sponsored research income, total number of publications, and publication intensity.

Waterloo’s excellence in research is recognized by:

  • Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking at 163rd in the world. The QS World University Subject Rankings placed Waterloo 31st in the world for computer science and 19th for hospitality and leisure management studies. Waterloo also ranked in the top 70 in the world for engineering and technology, and top 100 in the world for environmental studies.
  • US News & World Report Best Global Universities 2018 ranked Waterloo #1 in Canada for engineering #2 in Canada for computer science.
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