April 11, 2006 14:10 ET

Waterloo Region Continues to Lead the Way in Post-Secondary Education-Top-Rated Schools Attract Top Talent to the Area, Push Innovation in Business

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 11, 2006) - Independent surveys have again confirmed that Waterloo Region is home to the best post-secondary schools in Ontario.

For the eighth year in a row, Conestoga College is the top-ranked public college in Ontario, according to a compilation of surveys released last week that measured graduate employment, and the levels of satisfaction of students, graduates, and employers.

Conestoga had the highest graduate employment level among the province's 24 colleges for the second straight year, with 93.7 per cent of students finding employment within six months of graduation.

These results follow the University of Waterloo's recent number one ranking in the annual survey of Canadian universities published by Maclean's magazine. UW was selected the most innovative among Canada's 47 universities for the fifteenth consecutive year, and was also named the best overall comprehensive university in Canada.

"It's a tremendous benefit to Waterloo Region to have such outstanding schools that attract top students and faculty and bring them to this area from throughout Ontario and around the world," says Iain Klugman, president of Communitech, Waterloo Region's technology association. "Our academic institutions have placed Waterloo Region on the leading edge when it comes to exploring ideas and developing skills that drive the success of fast-growing, innovative companies in the area."

Conestoga College: Conestoga's School of Engineering and Information Technology has grown rapidly since 2000 and offers degree programs in telecommunication/computer technologies and advanced manufacturing technologies, along with computer programmer, software engineering, and IT support diploma programs. Conestoga's largest co-op program is mechanical engineering technology, which includes robotics and automation. An $11 million, 20,000 square-foot Manufacturing and Automation Training Centre opened in 2004.

University Of Waterloo: Canada's largest research university, excluding universities with medical or veterinary schools. UW is a pioneer in co-op education, and its engineering and computer science programs are world-renowned. The Centre for Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (CBET) was established in 2001 to provide a focal point for entrepreneurship activities at the university.

Wilfrid Laurier University: Has achieved impressive success since embarking six years ago on a campaign to build its scientific research capabilities. Established a Faculty of Science in 2000 and in 2004 opened the Laurier Science Research Centre, an $11 million, 43,000 square-foot complex. Laurier is also home to the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship, launched in 2003.

Waterloo Region is also less than an hour's drive from two of Canada's other leading research universities: the University of Guelph and McMaster University in Hamilton.

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