2. University of Waterloo (tie)
The University of Waterloo is a research mecca. There’s the Balsillie School of International Affairs, a collaboration with Wilfrid Laurier University, and the prestigious Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics is nearby. The Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre opened in 2012, as did a campus in Stratford, Ont., dedicated to digital media and information technology. Find out more about Waterloo here.