Univer­sity main­tains sec­ond-place rank­ing on Re­search In­fos­ource list

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Lethbridge -

Just months shy of open­ing the premiere science and aca­demic fa­cil­ity in the coun­try, the Univer­sity of Leth­bridge’s rep­u­ta­tion as one of Canada’s top re­search univer­si­ties has once again been rec­og­nized by Re­search In­fos­ource.

For the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year, the U of L is ranked sec­ond in the Re­search Univer­si­ties of the Year Un­der­grad­u­ate clas­si­fi­ca­tion. It marks the third suc­ces­sive year the Univer­sity is in the top three and since be­ing named Re­search Univer­sity of the Year in 2012, the U of L has never been ranked out­side the top five.

“What I take out of this is a level of con­sis­tent ex­cel­lence from our fac­ulty and the stu­dents who work with them in their re­search pur­suits,” says Dr. Eras­mus Okine, the U of L’s vice-pres­i­dent (re­search). “At the heart of be­ing con­tin­u­ally rec­og­nized and awarded by the coun­try’s fund­ing agen­cies is the fact that they are do­ing in­no­va­tive, rel­e­vant work that is solv­ing to­day’s prob­lems and cre­at­ing a bet­ter qual­ity of life for the peo­ple of south­ern Al­berta, Canada and be­yond.”

Of the six clas­si­fi­ca­tions used in the rank­ings sys­tem, the U of L placed first in two cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing re­search in­ten­sity per grad­u­ate stu­dent and to­tal num­ber of pub­li­ca­tions pro­duced. The Univer­sity was also sec­ond in the pub­li­ca­tion in­ten­sity cat­e­gory.

In to­tal, the com­bined re­search in­come of Canada’s top 50 re­search univer­si­ties jumped 6.8 per cent to $7.33 bil­lion in the fis­cal 2017 year, the strong­est gain in a decade.

“Fis­cal 2017 was the best year in a decade for re­search in­come growth at Cana­dian univer­si­ties,” says Ron Freed­man, CEO of Re­search In­fos­ource. “In fact, the last time re­search in­come growth reached 6 per cent was in fis­cal 2008. Promised fu­ture in­creases from the fed­eral govern­ment should en­sure a solid base of re­search sup­port into the medium term.”

Okine says an­tic­i­pa­tion for the open­ing of the new Science & Aca­demic Build­ing in spring 2019 has re­searchers, fac­ulty and stu­dents alike, ex­cited about con­tin­u­ing the mo­men­tum of dis­cov­ery on cam­pus. With in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary re­search col­lab­o­ra­tions a strate­gic fo­cus of the new fa­cil­ity, even greater re­search op­por­tu­ni­ties await.

“I don’t think we will fully ap­pre­ci­ate how im­pact­ful the new fa­cil­ity is un­til our re­searchers are in the build­ing, work­ing along­side their col­leagues and uti­liz­ing the state-of-the-art labs and equip­ment that will be avail­able to them,” says Okine.

“This is a very ex­cit­ing time to be en­gaged in re­search at the Univer­sity of Leth­bridge.”

Re­search In­fos­ource is Canada’s lead­ing provider of re­search in­tel­li­gence for busi­ness and higher ed­u­ca­tion. Canada’s Top 50 Re­search Univer­si­ties List is re­leased each fall. Us­ing Statis­tics Canada data and the Cana­dian Univer­sity R&D Database, the list ranks univer­si­ties by their re­search in­come.

To look at the full rank­ings, visit the Re­search In­fos­ource web­site.

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