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We are fortunate to claim the award-winning University of Waterloo as our own.

This university opened its doors in 1957 to just 74 students. Today, this educational magnet is home to 30,000 full- and part-time undergrads, 5,100 full- and part-time grad students and 1,096 full- and part-time faculty. 

Situated on a beautiful 1,000 acre main campus in the centre of Waterloo, the University of Waterloo boasts three satellite locations in Cambridge, Kitchener and Stratford as well as an amazing global reach with 163,000 alumni in over 143 countries.  

Awards and accolades for this premier academic institution are endless. Here are some of its highlights: 

  • Ranked Canada’s top university for innovation
  • Top rankings in Canada in the categories of Best Overall, Highest Quality and Leaders of Tomorrow
  • Ranked in top 30 of the world for computer sciences and information systems and mathematics
  • One of the largest concentrations of quantum information scientists in the world
  • First and largest post-secondary co-operative education program in the world
  • Largest actuarial science program in North America
  • Largest faculty of engineering in Canada
  • Top psychology department in Canada
  • World’s first kinesiology department
  • Canada’s only English-language School of Optometry

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Waterloo is viewed as a leading model for an innovative community with a culture founded on a cycle of investment - a direct result of UW's policy which gives students and faculty 100% ownership rights to intellectual property developed at the university.

This policy leads to innovation, commercialization, global business success and ultimately reinvestment in Waterloo and is considered to be the foundation of the region’s entrepreneurial spirit.

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In addition to contributions to the local knowledge and business sectors, UW's large student population brings cultural vitality to the City of Waterloo. A recent video explored the connections between UW students and the local community.


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In 2012, the University of Waterloo opened the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre - a 280,000 sq.ft. state-of-the-art research centre. This centre is shared by the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN), and together, provides researchers with the tools to advance breakthroughs in quantum information science. The contributions Mike Lazaridis has made to this institution will transform Waterloo and the world.

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