U of G Ranks Among Top Research Universities

October 29, 2008 - News Release

For the seventh year in a row, University of Guelph remains Canada's top comprehensive research institution in the annual "Top 50 Research Universities" list published today by a national consulting firm.

The survey by Research Infosource ranks Canada's universities based on sponsored research income from both government and non-government sources. U of G was tops among comprehensive universities (those without a medical school) with research income in excess of $132 million. Compared to all Canadian universities, U of G is 14th — the highest ranking for a university without a medical school.

In a second survey also published today by Research Infosource, U of G placed second among comprehensive universities in the "Research University of the Year" ranking. Guelph was first four times previously, most recently in 2007.

For that survey, Canada’s top research universities are divided into three categories: medical/doctoral, comprehensive (research universities without a medical school) and undergraduate, and the top three schools ranked in each division. The ranking is based on research income, research intensity of faculty and graduate students, and the number of publications in leading Canadian and international journals.

U of G was No. 1 in categories for total sponsored research income and faculty research intensity in its division, and received a total score of 88.76. Overall, the University of Waterloo was first with 91.1 and the University of Victoria was third with 74.0.

"Achieving this level of research success, especially in the face of significant financial constraints, takes an incredible amount of time and effort,” said Steven Liss, interim vice-president (research).

"It's a tribute to the quality and excellence of our faculty, researchers, students and staff. This University community continues to use its knowledge and research talents to make a positive difference in the lives of Canadians."

Research Infosource is an independent national consulting firm. A division of The Impact Group, it provides information about the research activities of Canadian companies, universities and governments.

The research rankings will appear in the National Post Nov. 7 and in the Ottawa Citizen Nov. 8.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338/l.hunt@exec.uoguelph.ca, or Deirdre Healey, Ext. 56982/d.healey@exec.uoguelph.ca.

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