Laurentian pleased with research efforts
Laurentian University says it tops the list of research income among universities in its category in rankings of Canada’s top 50 research universities.
Compiled by Research Infosource Inc., the rankings show Laurentian raised $23.4-million in research funds in the 2015-2016 year, placing the university at the top of the country’s undergraduate research universities.
Overall, Laurentian University ranks number 30 out of the top 50 undergraduate, comprehensive and doctoral/graduate institutions across the country. That is up from the number 33 on the list last year.
“The quality and extent of our research are what make Laurentian University one of the premier schools for students and faculty not only in Northern Ontario, but across the country,” Dr. Rui Wang, Vice-President, Research at Laurentian, said in a release.
“Our researchers are simply the best. From mining and the environment, to Indigenous issues and medical research, Laurentian remains a great investment for the future.”
Laurentian University also outperformed many post-secondary institutions in research income growth for the year. While the national average for growth stood at 2.2 per cent, Laurentian University saw its research income jump by 18.3 per cent.
“Our growth should not come as a surprise to anyone aware of our focus on innovation and discovery,” Wang said. “Governments, donors and our wonderful corporate partners all know that investing in Laurentian research pays off in knowledge, discoveries, new techniques, and myriad other benefits for the economy, our communities, and our entire country.”
Laurentian said its research success stretches across many fields of study, from award winning studies in mining, biochemistry and environmental remediation, to groundbreaking projects, including the new Maamwizing Indigenous Research Institute.
Research income and impact are expected to continue to grow and prosper with the opening of the new $30-million Cliff Fielding Research Innovation and Engineering Building in 2018.
“These rankings are of course gratifying proof of the impact of all the work our faculty, researchers, and staff have put in over the years to transform Laurentian into a research powerhouse in Ontario,” said Pierre Zundel, Laurentian’s Interim President and Vice-Chancellor. “As we prepare to unveil our new fiveyear Strategic Plan, we will continue to build on this solid foundation to push our school to the head of the class. When it comes to the potential of our university and our people, the sky is the limit.”
Dr. Rui Wang in his lab at Laurentian University in Sudbury in this file photo.