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About the University of Waterloo

In 1957, innovation and entrepreneurship brought the University of Waterloo into being as a group of business leaders imagined a new university built to tackle some of the world’s most daunting challenges. That same year, a group of engineering students piloted the first co-op program in the country.

Today, Waterloo’s co-op program is the largest of its kind in the world.

Waterloo champions a culture of curiosity, exploration, risk-taking, entrepreneurship, global stewardship and leadership. Bringing bold ideas and brilliant minds together — inspiring innovation with global impact today and in the future. 

Waterloo is incredibly proud of the contributions of their community of students, faculty, staff, employers and alumni make every day to solve some of the world’s most complex challenges, which have fostered the following accolades:

  • Ranked within the top 150 universities in the world (QS World Rankings 2022)
  • #1 for employer-student connections (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020)
  • #1 most innovative (Maclean’s 2022)
  • #2 in Canada for social and economic impact based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2020)

About Waterloo, Canada

Consistently voted one of Canada’s smartest cities, Waterloo is a dynamic urban centre located in the heart of Canada’s Technology Triangle. Home to many tech leaders and two of Canada’s leading universities, the city attracts students and thinkers worldwide. Waterloo offers visitors a unique blend of intriguing restaurants, boutique stores, galleries, and nightlife with its rich cultural diversity.

Learn more about what to expect when visiting Waterloo.

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