Waterloo tops Canadian universities for Statistics and Operational Research

WATERLOO, ON, May 7, 2013 /CNW/ - The University of Waterloo ranks as the top university in Canada for Statistics and Operational Research and amongst the top 30 institutions in the world for Computer Science and Information Systems, and Mathematics, according to results published today.

The rankings, published today by UK firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), put Waterloo 32nd in the world for its statistics work - the highest amongst Canadian universities. Waterloo is ranked 27th globally for Computer Science and 29th for Mathematics.

"I am extremely proud that Waterloo leads Canadian institutions in statistics and operational research in these rankings. The impact of research and discoveries in computer science and mathematics are well recognized and respected globally. These results affirm our commitment of delivering outstanding scholarship of consequence," said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice chancellor of Waterloo. "We are determined to our goal of achieving a level of academic and research excellence that is consistent with being one of the world's leading universities. We will build on these positive results to achieve that goal."

QS ranks close to 700 universities worldwide in 30 disciplines. Waterloo is listed amongst the top 200 universities globally for 18 of the 30 subjects evaluated - with improved rankings in eight subject areas.

"When people think about this university, I'm proud that one of the first things that springs to mind is our Faculty of Mathematics," said Ian Goulden, dean of mathematics. "We work hard to attract the best and the brightest faculty and students, and together they have made Waterloo a world leader in computer science, mathematics and statistics."

Waterloo also ranked in the top 100 globally for Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Geography and Environmental Sciences, and in the top 200 for Philosophy, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Psychology, Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics & Astronomy, Accounting & Finance, Politics and Sociology.

Waterloo's Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is home to two Canada Research Chairs and more than 40 research active full-time faculty working in diverse subject areas. Part of the Faculty of Mathematics, the department teaches more than 900 undergraduate students and around 150 graduate students in programs including Actuarial Science, Biostatistics, Quantitative Finance, Statistics, and Statistics-Computing.

For full results of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2013, go to: http://www.topuniversities.com/subject-rankings/2013. For Statistics and Operational Research rankings, visit: http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2013/statistics-and-operational-research

About the University of Waterloo

In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada's technology hub, has become one of Canada's leading comprehensive universities with 35,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Waterloo, as home to the world's largest post-secondary co-operative education program, embraces its connections to the world and encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research and discovery. In the next decade, the university is committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow. For more information about Waterloo, please visit www.uwaterloo.ca

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