First, biggest, best and more

  • 1st and founding Faculty at University of Waterloo
  • 9,100+ students enrolled in 2015 – most of all Canadian engineering schools
  • 7,630 undergraduate students enrolled in 2016
  • 12,000+ undergraduate engineering applications in 2016
  • 40.9% increase in engineering undergrad and 58.8% increase in graduate enrolment since 2005
  • 8 departments and schools
  • 14 bachelor degree programs
  • 37 graduate degree programs including course-based and research masters, and doctoral studies
  • 3rd largest electrical and computer engineering department in North America
  • 1st stand-alone undergraduate nanotechnology program in Canada
  • 92% of our students seeking employment are employed within six months of graduating
  • 30+ student-led design teams, based in the world’s first and largest student design facility
  • $14 million in the student-governed Waterloo Engineering Endowment Fund
  • 1st University to have an inventor-owned intellectual property policy
  • University of Waterloo ranked as the top university for innovation for 25 consecutive years by Maclean’s magazine

Co-op education: Uniquely preparing engineers for the future

  • 1st educational co-op system in Canada and world’s largest with the most number of students participating. Waterloo Engineering alone has more co-op students than any other institution worldwide
  • 100% undergraduate student participation in co-op gives students an start early on a successful career path
  • 8,444 student co-op positions filled in 2016
  • 92% receive highest rating of very good to outstanding ratings by coop employers
  • Waterloo hosts the largest co-op program on the planet, with connections to over 4,500 employers worldwide. This gives student unique access to industry everywhere.
  • $117 million earned by students on paid co-op in 2015
  • 1,551 co op work terms outside of Canada in 2016
  • $15,431 average earning per work terms in 2015
  • Industry experience gained during co-op makes our graduates highly employable with 97% employed 2 years after graduation

Research: Advancing the frontiers of knowledge—emerging and disruptive technologies

  • $58.3 million in external research funding (2015/2016)
  • 20 Canada Research Chairs
  • 18 University research & endowed Chairs
  • 6 Industrial Research Chairs
  • 14 research centres and institutes
  • 30 Research Chairs, including many related to the 4 emerging and disruptive technologies (Digital Universe, Machine Intelligence, Powering Economies & Human Solutions)
  • Largest -Waterloo’s Centre for Automotive Research, WatCAR is the largest concentration of collaborative automotive researchers at any Canadian university
  • 6 Engineering research thrusts: water resources; sustainable energy; nanotechnology; automotive; information and communications technology (machine intelligence)  biology & health

Women in Engineering: Making a difference

  • 27% Undergraduate students (2016)
  • 16.8% Undergraduate degrees awarded (2015)
  • 28.6% Graduate students (2016)
  • 26.3% Graduate degrees granted (2015)
  • 24.7% PhD degrees granted (2015)
  • 14.3% Professors (2015)

Entrepreneurial culture: Nobody does it better

  • 1957 – the year the University of Waterloo was founded by a group of entrepreneurs
  • 650+ startups and companies with Waterloo Engineering as founders
  • Only Faculty of Engineering in the world with its own centre for entrepreneurship – Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre
  • Policy 73 Intellectual Property Rights is established in 1997. IP ownership of ideas and products developed while at school belongs to the student or professors
  • Full entrepreneurial ecosystem in place to help support students and professors commercialize their ideas
  • #1 in Canada (and 20th worldwide) that have produced venture capital-backed undergraduates according to 2016 PitchBook’s report of top universities
  • Only Canadian university ranked in top 25 university programs for producing entrepreneurs according to 2013 Crunchbase

International influence: Waterloo Engineering is international

  • 49.1% of graduate students are international students
  • 152.8% increase in international graduate enrollment since 2005
  • 26 countries with international exchange opportunities
  • School of Architecture is the only Canadian school of architecture to have a permanent international facility, which has operated for 32 years in Rome, Italy
  • 1,551 international co-op terms for Waterloo Engineering students in 2016

Engineering student working at Facebook

Ron Yu, a Management Engineering student at Waterloo Engineering, works at Facebook Canada during his co op term. There he constructed a scalable revenue model that was marketed to top clients