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The battle of Waterloo

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RIM/By Alastair Sharp

University of Waterloo students looking for a bit of extra cash and some experience in the world of technology often end up spending a semester in the bowels of Research In Motion’s sprawling campus next door.

Waterloo, a university town an hour’s drive from Toronto where RIM built its empire at the entrance to its mine, is a technology hub and its main university is often referred to as either the MIT or Stanford of the north by proud Canadians, with good reason.

Its mathematics, computer science and engineering faculties are among the best in the world.

But soon, students there will have another way to touch the tech world. Apple is welcoming job applications for one of its shiny consumer playgrounds slash cash registers in Waterloo, population 120,000. An Apple store is coming soon.