Based on these rankings, CanadaStudyNews put together a list of the top 10 Canadian universities to pursue a degree in engineering and technology to help prospective international students identify the leading Canadian schools in these popular fields of study.
Every year, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) publishes its list of top universities around the world by subject based on indicators, such as academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations, research collaboration and more.
Engineering and technology are subject areas, which open doors to a variety of career paths, especially for graduates who decide to stay and work in Canada after graduation.
Canadian universities in various provinces appeared in this year’s ranking for Engineering and Technology, so read on to find out which one took first place.
10. University of Calgary
The Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary is located in the city of Calgary, Alberta’s “engineering capital of Canada.”
The faculty offers eight undergraduate degree programs, and 24 graduate programs. Students have the options to pursue highly specialized concentrations in subjects like Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Mechatronics, and even offers the option to minor in these fields of study. The School focuses on internationalization and aims to have more female students and faculty than the national average.
The School also boasts the largest internship program of its kind in Western Canada.
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9. The University of Western Ontario
The University of Western Ontario (UWO), also known as Western University, is located in the suburban city of London in the province of Ontario. Western university is one of the top research universities in Canada in fields, such as health sciences, wind engineering, neuroscience, and more.
The university’s Faculty of Engineering offers undergraduates nine study programs with an “Accelerated Master’s Program” that allows students to complete graduate courses, and simultaneously meet requirements for a bachelor’s degree. This means students can complete a master of engineering science degree in just one year after completing a bachelor’s.
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8. McMaster University
Among other world rankings, McMaster appeared as number eight in the QS subject rankings as a study destination for engineering and technology this year. McMaster’s Faculty of Engineering is extensive! The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is comprised of seven core world-class departments, including a vast array of engineering concentrations.
The Faculty of Engineering is so big it is divided into two schools — the School of Engineering of Engineering Practice and Technology (W Booth) and the McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering. Each school focuses on providing students with research-based, student-centered learning to help further their career.
7. Queen’s university
Queen’s university is one of the oldest public research universities in Canada. It was founded in 1841 and is located in the city of Kingston in Ontario. The school is known for its old-world architecture, a lively student life, and outstanding programming and research.
The school is also known for its excellence in teaching and research as its Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science boasts a 94 per cent employment rate for its Engineering graduates within two years of graduating.
The university attracts students from more than 100 countries worldwide and international students make up 25 per cent of the graduate student community.
6. Université de Montréal
The Université de Montréal, or UdeM for short, is located in the popular student city of Montreal in the French-speaking province of Quebec. The university offers French-speaking international students more than 650 undergraduate and graduate programs.
UdeM’s engineering school is also called Polytechnique Montréal and offers students education in chemical, electrical, computer and other fields of engineering. Over 2,000 international students attend the school and benefit from the world-class education and internship opportunities it offers.
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5. University of Alberta
The second university in province of Alberta to appear in this year’s QS ranking is located in the city of Edmonton. The University of Alberta offers more than 400 programs in 18 faculties, and the faculty of Engineering alone has 4,400 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate students.
The faculty provides 21 engineering programs, as well as Canada’s second-largest Engineering Co-op Program. International students consist of nearly 17 per cent of the undergraduate population and almost 39 per cent of graduate students.
4. McGill University
McGill University, one of the top English-instruction universities in Quebec, has secured its place among the top three Canadian universities this year. The university also ranked among the top five Canadian universities by reputation and took first place as Canada’s top medical/doctoral universities.
McGill’s Engineering Faculty offers nine undergraduate programs, in addition to graduate degrees and diplomas in eight study areas. Research plays an important role in the Faculty, and students are encouraged to get hands-on experience with various opportunities for summer programs and co-op placements.
There is also a strong focus on innovation with a Faculty strictly dedicated to stimulating technologically based innovation and entrepreneurship.
3. University of Waterloo
The University of Waterloo is ranked among the top 50 engineering schools worldwide. The school boasts the largest engineering school in Canada, with more than 9,500 students enrolled in 2016.
The university is big on research and currently has international partners exceeded $64 million. Through a wide variety of co-op programs alternating with in-class education, undergraduate students may gain up to two years of paid work experience before graduation.
Graduate students have lots of opportunities to partner with local businesses to develop projects, and all students have access to the largest student design centre in North America.
2. University of British Columbia
University of British Columbia (UBC), is known as a global center for research and teaching. It steadily secured its place among the 40 best universities in the world.
UBC has the largest percentage of international students with students from 162 countries worldwide.
The university’s Faculty of Applied Sciences offers programs in 21 specializations at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Graduate studies include programs for industry professionals looking to expand their experience, as well as programs for individuals wishing to pursue research careers.
As a top research university, UBC is often celebrated for the scope, strength and impact of its research efforts with researchers claiming the spotlight in areas, such as advanced manufacturing, clean energy, digitech and more.
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1. University of Toronto
Once again U of T takes first place! U of T also made it first as the most reputable university in Canada this year.
The Faculty of Applied Sciences and Engineering is massive, with almost 8,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs in 16 campuses across Ontario.
Undergraduates have the option to pursue a study program in one of eight core study areas, such as Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Mineral Engineering.
The faculty also offers Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Systems Engineering, and other unique specializations. At the graduate level, students have a choice of innovative concentrations in research and professional degrees and a collaborative program in Engineering Education, among others.
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