Lau­ren­tian pleased with re­search ef­forts

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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.”

GINO DONATO/SUD­BURY STAR/POST­MEDIA NET­WORK

Dr. Rui Wang in his lab at Lau­ren­tian Univer­sity in Sud­bury in this file photo.

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