Foundational pillars

Academic excellence

Academic excellence is the cornerstone of Waterloo’s mission. It is achieved by the commitment of the University community to highest quality teaching, research, scholarship and services, in support of academic enterprise.

Research excellence and impact

Waterloo improves the world we live in through both basic and advanced research and discovery, putting knowledge and innovation to work on challenges and opportunities of global scope and significance. Waterloo aspires to achieve excellence in both teaching and research, and to make mutually beneficial connections between them.

Co-operative education

Already the leading co-operative education university in the world, University of Waterloo continues to deepen that advantage through an ever-expanding network of international employers and new opportunities for experiential learning.

Graduate studies

As a leading research university, we offer expanded opportunities for advanced studies, research and innovation in more than 180 areas of study, led by faculty members and researchers recognized as international experts in their fields.


An institution with global reach and impact, University of Waterloo understands that rich diversities of academic experience and cultural context provide the ideal platform for producing engaged, aware and globally-minded graduates, as well as innovative research collaborations.


We continue to build our culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, sparked by Waterloo’s unique creator-owns intellectual property policy, which inspires a growing number of students, faculty and alumni to develop start-ups, launch novel products and services, and develop innovations with great intellectual, economic and social value.