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Nick ManningAssociate Vice-President, Communications

University of Waterloo

In 1957, the University of Waterloo opened its doors to 74 engineering students with co-operative education as its cornerstone. Today, with more than 42,000+ students attending annually, Waterloo is #1 in Canada for experiential learning and employer-student connections.

As one of Canada’s top innovation universities, the University of Waterloo is home to 100+ programs in business, health, engineering, math, science, the arts, environment, and more.

Waterloo ranks among the world’s top 250 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021. We’re also home to Physics and Astronomy professor Donna Strickland, winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics (only the third woman in history to do so).

With over 50,000 university and college students in the surrounding community, there’s an exciting range of shops and restaurants. The University is located in the city of Waterloo, 110 km west of Toronto, Canada’s largest and most dynamic city. It’s also home to residents from 200 cultural backgrounds.

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Connected to the world

Internationalization is woven into many elements at University of Waterloo. With a goal of becoming one of the most internationalized universities in Canada, diversity and global connections are encouraged and celebrated.

Waterloo’s culture of embracing international perspectives and experiences attracts some of the world’s most talented students, staff, and faculty. Global connections encompass academic, research, and industry partnerships, international learning through work placements, exchanges, field programs, and co-operative education, as well as a vast network of alumni around the world.

With a global network spanning more than 220,000 alumni in 151 countries, Waterloo attracts world-class scholars including a Nobel Laureate, leads in providing work-integrated learning opportunities with 7,100+ active co-op employers and fosters an entrepreneurial spirit that’s created 5,000+ jobs through Velocity alone, Canada’s most productive startup incubator by private investment.

The University of Waterloo’s institutional priorities include a focus “on internationalization and interdisciplinarity” to “advanc[e] learning and knowledge through teaching, research and scholarship, nationally and internationally”. To accomplish this and other goals, Waterloo collaborates with other institutions of excellence around the globe. Successful partnerships are founded on strong connections between institutions and are driven by faculty, staff, and students.

Values and Mission

  • We are curious
  • We are courageous
  • We are engaged
  • We all belong
Mission: The University of Waterloo’s mission is to advance learning and knowledge through teaching, research, and scholarship, nationally and internationally, in an environment of free expression and inquiry.

Championing world-changing, perspective-altering,life improving research


raised by 474 University of Waterloo entrepreneurs


in research funding from public and private sources (19/20)

Rigorous and deep inquiry is a fundamental pillar and a distinguishing endeavour at Waterloo. The university celebrate the importance of curiosity-driven research and discovery and do not shy away from unconventional or emerging disciplines or subjects.

The University of Waterloo is shaping the future by tackling global challenges that will impact our world for generations.

Research is an integral and intensive area at the University of Waterloo and recognized worldwide. Waterloo attracted more than $245 million from public and private sources in 2020-2021 to fund research across a spectrum of challenges, and is home to:

  • Over 30 University and senate-approved centres and institutes.
  • 71 Canada Research Chairs
  • Two Canada 150 Research Chairs: Kerstin Dautenhahn (Intelligent Robotics) and Anita Layton (Mathematical Biology and Medicine)
  • One Canada Excellence Research Chair: Katja Mombaur (Human-Centred Robotics and Machine Intelligence) and two Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureates: Philippe Van Cappellen (Ecohydrology) and David Cory (Quantum Information Processing)

Waterloo was named most innovative university in Canada in the Maclean’s 2023 rankings along with second for best overall university in the country and third in Canada for highest quality. For 14 years in a row, the University of Waterloo has been recognized as Research University of the Year among Canadian comprehensive universities by Research Infosource Inc.

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