The University of Waterloo – Different from the Start

The University of Waterloo – Different from the Start

September 11, 2019 2 By Kody Olson


The University of Waterloo doesn’t just grant degrees. We grant the opportunity and the inspiration to change the world. In the 1950s, as the postwar industrial boom led to the launch of the space race and the dawn of the Information Age, a small group
of forward-looking business leaders in Waterloo, Ontario made an observation. Canada needed talent. Canada needed innovators. Canada needed a different kind of university. Their defining act was the establishment of
the University of Waterloo, an innovation powerhouse home to leading edge research and
graduates equipped with the tools to succeed. Our founders understood that innovation wasn’t
just a product. It’s an equation, a mix of experiential
education, research that matters, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Waterloo defied convention by introducing
co-operative education in Canada. Today, Waterloo has the largest co-op program
in the world. Waterloo doesn’t just help students get
a job. We help them build a career. Through our transformative research, Waterloo
delivers on priorities that matter to Canadians and to the world. Our standout performance in frontier disciplines
is built on a strong foundation of innovation and our commitment to leading the way. Pushing the envelope. Going a little bit further. From our creator-owned intellectual property
policy to our support network for student startups to the expanding innovation ecosystem
both on campus and in our community, Waterloo has built a tradition of entrepreneurial success. Nearly 60 years on, Waterloo’s innovation
equation continues to define us. In how we educate. How we research. How we foster entrepreneurship. Step onto our campus and you have an opportunity
to change the world. To make a difference. Because Waterloo is different. Different from the start. The University of Waterloo