Waterloo is located 100 km west of Toronto. No one will stop by unless they are coming to universities or high tech companies since no particular attraction lures tourists. But it is a good place to get things done and lead high quality life without active night life. It has plenty of places to play soccer. When I was in Canada, I took nature and greens for granted. A Kurdish man told me he would never see such beautiful playing fields in Iraq. It is beautiful but it is flat as well. An often cited excuse for Waterloo is that it is just 2 hours away from Toronto. But from Waterloo, it will take more than an hours to get to Grey hound bus station. There is a Japanese culture club but I went there only a few occasions. It is mostly for undergrads and those grads who just come there for an exchange program and Canadians who like Japanese stuffs. These days that means they like games and mangas and not traditional cultural things, I think. US people have more stronger interest in Japan than Canadians in general in the east.
University of Waterloo, Ont, Ca was on Globe, Asahi.
- The university has been consistently ranked the best overall university in Maclean’s Reputational University Rankings, ranking first in “Most Innovative” and “Leaders of Tomorrow” sections, and ranking second in the “Highest Quality” section. The school is also known for having more company spin-offs than any other Canadian university, and as such, the university has been called the “Silicon Valley of the North”.
- During his visit to Waterloo in 2005, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said that, “most years, we hire more students out of Waterloo than any university in the world, typically 50 or even more.”
The Maclean’s survey results show that employers and educators know this, too – they recognize the outstanding value of a Waterloo education.
Here’s how our reputational rankings stack up:
- Best Overall – highest in Canada
- Most Innovative – highest in Canada for 18 years in a row
- Best Source of Leaders of Tomorrow – highest in Canada
- Highest Quality – second highest in Canada
When compared with other comprehensive universities, Waterloo captured either first or second place in several other areas:
- All reputational categories for all 18 years of the Maclean’s survey
- Number of students who have won national awards
- Number of professors who have won national awards
- Value and number of research grants in the social sciences and humanities
- Percentage of operating costs devoted to scholarships and bursaries – 12.2% – highest in Canada