University of Waterloo

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Coordinates: 43°28′8″N 80°32′24″W / 43.46889°N 80.54°W / 43.46889; -80.54

The University of Waterloo is a comprehensive public university in the city of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The school was founded in 1957 by Drs. Gerry Hagey and Ira G. Needles, and has since grown to an institution of more than 30,000 students, faculty, and staff. The school is notable for being the first university in North America to create a Faculty of Mathematics,[4] and for having the largest co-operative education program in the world.[5]

Maclean's Reputational University Rankings for Canadian universities has consistently ranked UW first in the "Most Innovative" and "Leaders of Tomorrow" sections, and second in the "Highest Quality" section. The school is also known for having more company spin-offs than any other Canadian university. As of Fall 2009, there were 24,891 undergraduate and 3,497 graduate students, with 1,030 full-time faculty members and 2,190 staff.[6] The school has approximately 140,000 alumni in 141 countries. The university's newspapers include Imprint (The Official Student Newspaper),[7] The Iron Warrior (Engineering),[8] and mathNEWS (Math).[9]


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