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UWaterloo Continues to Climb in QS World University Rankings

The University of Waterloo has spiked an incredible 42 spots in the latest QS World University Rankings. Find out what's fueling its latest surge.

The University of Waterloo has once again proven its mettle on the global stage – rising 27% in the prestigious Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings. It also placed 36th in sustainability, a new ranking indicator.

Surging an astonishing 42 spots, from 154 to 112 in just one year, UWaterloo continues to climb its way to the top of this coveted list. It can now proudly claim its place as one of the top-5 universities in Canada, standing alongside the University of Toronto, McGill, the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta.

The QS World University Rankings evaluate and rank approximately 1,500 universities across 104 locations worldwide. These rankings are based on a comprehensive assessment and scoring of nine key indicators, including academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty-student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio, international students ratio, international research network, employment outcomes and lastly, sustainability.

A champion of sustainable initiatives, it’s no surprise that UWaterloo took 36th place in the Sustainability category, signaling its continued leadership and dedication to driving a greener future.

UWaterloo has experienced remarkable growth in its international standing, rising an incredible 79 ranks in just over a decade, a staggering 41% increase. With this year’s jump representing more than half of its total growth over the last ten years, it’s clear that the university is showing no signs of slowing down.

Carving out a reputation in the tech world

The university’s exceptional performance extends beyond its overall global ranking. Earlier this year, it clinched the 22nd spot in the QS World University Program Rankings for computer science surpassing formidable US competitors like the University of Columbia (23rd), New York University  (26th), California Institute of Technology (36th) and even Yale (also 36th).

This recognition strengthens the university’s reputation as one of the best and biggest tech schools in the world. In fact, UWaterloo has the largest enrollment of computer science and computer engineering students among the top 25 tech schools worldwide – boasting an inspiring cohort of nearly 5,000 students – creating a truly impressive talent pool for businesses in the region.

Now among the top 10% of the best universities worldwide, UWaterloo continues its dedication to nurturing talent, inspiring innovation and forging new paths for groundbreaking research. It continues to redefine the possibilities of higher education, leaving a positive impact on society and shaping a brighter future.

Check out the QS World University Rankings 2024 for the full results.

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