For the second year, the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science has been ranked 24th in the world by U.K. firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The school, which is ranked second in Canada, joins a number of other subjects from the University of Waterloo in the top 200 including Mathematics - 20th, and Statistics - in the top 100.
"These consistent top-25 ranking of the Cheriton School of Computer Science in the QS rankings, along with our recent top-20 ranking in the US News and World Report computer science world ranking, reflect our broad strength in research and education," said school director Mark Giesbrecht. "Computer science is in a period of great vitality, with profound technical advances coupled to transformative effects on the sciences, arts, industry and society. Researchers at Waterloo – faculty and students – are leading the way. The Cheriton School is already the largest computer science school in Canada, and is entering into an incredible period of growth and renewal, with many talented researchers hired over the past few years and a strong expectation this will continue. It is good to see our continued successes recognized in formal rankings, and even better to see them recognized in our research and educational accomplishments."
The David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science is the largest academic computer science research centre in Canada and calls the largest concentration of mathematical and computer science talent in the world home.
“Mathematics and Computer Science at Waterloo are cornerstones for the world-leading innovations for which our University and our region are known,” said Ian Goulden, dean of mathematics. “We attract outstanding students and faculty members from around the world and I am delighted that their hard work is reflected in these results.”
QS ranks close to 700 universities worldwide in 36 disciplines. In 2014, Waterloo became one of only 11 universities in the world to earn a 5+ star rating in the QS Stars rating which evaluates universities against over 50 different factors. QS introduced the star rating system to help future students make decisions about which school to attend, looking at criteria such as the employability of graduates, teaching, sports facilities, and many others.