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How prestigious was Waterloo Engineering in 2005?

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How prestigious was Waterloo Engineering in 2005?

Waterloo has one of the best if not the best Engineering school in all of Canada.
How prestigious was Waterloo Engineering back in the early 2000s?
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chevyz07 wrote:
Oct 5th, 2018 11:25 am
Waterloo has one of the best if not the best Engineering school in all of Canada.
How prestigious was Waterloo Engineering back in the early 2000s?
Source??

Engineering.. UofT is top in Canada:
https://www.topuniversities.com/univers ... technology
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/wo ... cols/stats
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tonershop wrote:
Oct 5th, 2018 11:44 am
Source??

Engineering.. UofT is top in Canada, Waterloo is third or forth:
https://www.topuniversities.com/univers ... technology

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/wo ... cols/stats
Different magazines/websites give different rankings. Its usually Waterloo or U of T at the top (for aspects that actually matter to your career, not like great food or great classroosm or something). But I wasn't asking about that, was asking about the early 2000s.

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chevyz07 wrote:
Oct 5th, 2018 11:56 am
Different magazines/websites give different rankings. Its usually Waterloo or U of T at the top (for aspects that actually matter to your career, not like great food or great classroosm or something). But I wasn't asking about that, was asking about the early 2000s.

Edited for clarification

2005 Overall: http://www.shanghairanking.com/World-Un ... anada.html

2007 Engineering: http://www.shanghairanking.com/FieldENG2007.html
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chevyz07 wrote:
Oct 5th, 2018 12:04 pm
Most rankings are pretty close, they might bump it up a spot or two, is that generally where Waterloo sat in 2005? Beside Guelph and Carleton?
Pretty much. Overall, only the following 4 Canadian Universities get into the top 100.

University of Toronto
University of British Columbia
McGill University
McMaster University
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no idea but when I used to uni smash back in the early 2000s (Laurier guy), Waterloo had some nice talent.

Probably doesn't help you though. sorry guy.
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tonershop wrote:
Oct 5th, 2018 11:44 am
Source??

Engineering.. UofT is top in Canada:
https://www.topuniversities.com/univers ... technology
You shouldn't put any stock in website such as this.


This is far more legit, but those types of rankings are highly problematic and many within academia pay no attention to them, except if they can be used as a marketing tool to increase enrollment and thus money.
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tonershop wrote:
Oct 5th, 2018 12:24 pm
Pretty much. Overall, only the following 4 Canadian Universities get into the top 100.

University of Toronto
University of British Columbia
McGill University
McMaster University
When it comes to engineering, Waterloo is better than Mac (I attended both schools, for different degrees, so don't have a particular horse in this race).
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chevyz07 wrote:
Oct 5th, 2018 11:25 am
Waterloo has one of the best if not the best Engineering school in all of Canada.
How prestigious was Waterloo Engineering back in the early 2000s?
Very prestigious for engineering. Arguably the best in Canada.
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SkynyrdsInyrds wrote:
Oct 6th, 2018 3:39 pm
When it comes to engineering, Waterloo is better than Mac (I attended both schools, for different degrees, so don't have a particular horse in this race).
Keyword there was "overall"

I attended both UofT and Mac, and yes Mac Engineering was a joke compared to UofT. Can't comment on Waterloo engineering personally, but I have never heard of them being the "most prestigious" in Canada in any ranking.
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tonershop wrote:
Oct 6th, 2018 5:47 pm
Keyword there was "overall"

I attended both UofT and Mac, and yes Mac Engineering was a joke compared to UofT. Can't comment on Waterloo engineering personally, but I have never heard of them being the "most prestigious" in Canada in any ranking.
Then you haven't been paying attention.
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SkynyrdsInyrds wrote:
Oct 6th, 2018 5:52 pm
Then you haven't been paying attention.

Are you saying Waterloo engineering is more prestigious than UofT?

source?
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tonershop wrote:
Oct 6th, 2018 5:58 pm
Are you saying Waterloo engineering is more prestigious than UofT?

source?

They are probably the top engineering school in Canada, along with U 0f T. I would say those two are tied and everyone else follows behind.

My comment was directed at your apparently never having heard them ranked most prestigious in anything. Take a look at the McLean's rankings over the years.
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"Prestige" is hard to define. Waterloo certainly has an excellent engineering school -- a lot of its reputation has to do with the university's early adoption of the co-op concept, which gives students a lot of practical experience by the time they graduate. Employers came to appreciate that. Other universities in Canada also have excellent engineering schools -- I'd count U of T in that list, University of Alberta, perhaps Queens etc. The others are perhaps more academically focused than Waterloo's is. Research prowess and quality of undergraduate education do not always go hand-in-hand.

I would hesitate to rank the schools against each other in a particular sub-field, but within engineering, Waterloo's strength is considered to be on the EE/CS side (and this was absolutely the case in the mid-2000s as well). Other universities likely have stronger programs in specialties like chem eng, mech eng, etc.

Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, I'd say Waterloo wasn't known for engineering per se, but rather for math and computer science. Waterloo has become better-known overall and is now quite well known even in the US, within certain industries.

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