U of G Named Top Research University

October 25, 2007 - News Release

Once again, the University of Guelph has been ranked Canada's No. 1 comprehensive research university in two surveys released today by an independent national consulting firm.

U of G was named "Research University of the Year" in an annual ranking published by Research Infosource Inc. It's the fourth time Guelph has garnered the top spot.

The rankings are based on total sponsored research income, faculty research intensity, total publications, publication intensity in leading journals and publication impact. The report divides Canada’s top research universities into three categories: medical/doctoral, comprehensive (research universities without a medical school) and undergraduate, and names a winner in each division.

In the comprehensive category, U of G received an overall score of 83.6. The University of Waterloo ranked second with 78.9, and the University of Victoria was third with 68.8.

Research Infosource also published a second survey today, its annual "Top 50 Research Universities" list, which ranks Canadian universities based solely on sponsored research income from both government and non-government sources.

In that survey, U of G was the top comprehensive university for the sixth year in a row, with research income in excess of $149 million, an 18.9-per-cent increase over the previous year. Compared with Canadian universities in all three categories, U of G ranks 12th.

“Today's recognition is first and foremost a recognition of the faculty, staff and students who make our university the creative and innovative place it is," said Alan Wildeman, vice-president (research).

"The rankings are based on quantitative measures, but beneath the statistics are the more important qualities of commitment, hard work and dedication, and U of G's strength in these areas is immeasurable."

Seventeen Ontario universities made the "Top 50" list, together bringing in $2.3 billion in total sponsored research income. Overall, Canada's universities reported $5.53 billion in sponsored research income in 2006, a 6.4-per-cent increase from 2005.

Research Infosource is a division of The Impact Group, a Toronto-based organization that provides information about the research activities of Canadian companies, universities and governments.

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