August 6, 2012
The University of Waterloo's faculty of engineering is the best Canadian engineering school, according to a recent survey by Business Insider, a U.S.-based website.
Of the 723 survey respondents, 91 percent reported having a computer science, engineering, or equivalent degree. Most engineers who responded were research scientists, mobile developers, or mechanical engineers. Most respondents said the two most important criteria that went into choosing an engineering school were the skills and knowledge they thought they would acquire and the brand value of the school.
"Waterloo has the largest engineering school in Canada, and our students and faculty are among the best and most innovative in the world," said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice chancellor of Waterloo. "It is an honor for us to be considered the leader in Canada, and ranked highly among the world's best engineering schools."
The same survey ranked Waterloo as the 29th best engineering university in the world. The other Canadian engineering schools to make the list of the world's top 50 engineering schools were the University of Toronto at 35th place and the University of Ottawa, ranked 44th.
"I'm delighted that we've been recognized as the No. 1 engineering school in Canada," said Pearl Sullivan, dean of engineering at Waterloo. "The ranking speaks volumes about the high quality of our students and alumni. Our exceptional faculty members continue to make a significant global impact through education and technological innovations in Canada and around the world."
According to the survey, the top engineering school in the world is the California Institute of Technology, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University.
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