Maclean’s ranks University of Waterloo Best Overall in Canada

Friday, October 31, 2014

Macleans University Rankings issue cover.The University of Waterloo was ranked Best Overall University in Canada as well as the one most likely to produce Leaders of Tomorrow by the Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings issue, released this week.

Waterloo continues to dominate the Most Innovative University in Canada category for the 23rd year in a row. Its unparalleled entrepreneurial ecosystem expanded this year with one of the latest Velocity startup support programs, Velocity Science. A partnership between the Faculty of Science and Velocity, Velocity Science enables students to initiate and develop world-class life and physical science startups.

For the fifth consecutive year, Maclean's reported Waterloo earned the top number of student and faculty awards in the comprehensive university category. Chemistry professors Linda Nazar, Juewen Liu, and John Honek, Biology professor Brian Dixon, and Physics and Astronomy professor Melanie Campbell (cross-appointed to School of Optometry and Vision Science) are examples of some of the high-level honourees recognized this year alone.

Waterloo ranked within the top three for both number of medical/science grants and for total research dollars in the comprehensive university category. Faculty of Science researchers brought in $68.6 million dollars in research funding for 2013-14 – the highest among all faculties.

Waterloo is home to groundbreaking research that is changing the world. For example, Canada Excellence Research Chair Philippe Van Cappellen, of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Water Institute, is developing new tools to detect microplastics in the Great Lakes and forecast the impact of population growth and climate change on the health of coastal ecosystems.

In another example, three members of Waterloo’s Department of Physics and Astronomy were featured in the August issue of Scientific American for their story “The Black Hole at the Beginning of Time,” which describes their latest research into what might have come before the Big Bang.

We continue to build on our reputation as the driving force of a dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem, a world leader in co-op education and in transformational research, as we work towards our goal of becoming one of the world’s great innovation universities,” said Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo.

Are you interested in studying at one of Waterloo’s Faculty of Science departments? Learn more about us at this Saturday’s Fall Open House.