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News Release

October 24, 2006

U of G Ranks High in National Research Surveys

For the fifth year in a row, the 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. U of G was tops among comprehensive universities (those without a medical school) and placed 13th overall with research income of nearly $126 million in 2005. The University of Waterloo was second in the category with research income of $117 million.

In terms of research intensity (the percentage of research funding per faculty member), U of G places 10th among all universities in the country.

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. That survey is based on research income, research intensity of faculty and graduate students, and the number of publications in leading Canadian and international journals. Waterloo was ranked first, 3.2 percentage points ahead of Guelph.

“This is another amazing accomplishment for the University of Guelph,” said president Alastair Summerlee. “The process of conducting innovative high-quality research and having it published is difficult and time-consuming. Yet members of our research community excel at it year after year. At the same time, our faculty continue to win accolades for their teaching. They all certainly deserve kudos.”

Research Infosource Inc. is a division of The Impact Group, a Toronto-based organization that provides information about the research activities of Canadian companies, universities and governments. The data for the survey were obtained from Statistics Canada and the Research Infosource Canadian University R&D database.

“University of Guelph researchers continue to distinguish themselves nationally and internationally,” said Alan Wildeman, vice-president (research). “Across the campus, there are research activities that quantitatively and qualitatively contribute to the recognition of our university scholarship.”

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