UVic shines in research rankings

The University of Victoria is one of Canada's top research universities—and keeps on proving it.

In the 2010 ranking of Canada's research universities released last month by Re$earch Infosource, UVic tops all other comprehensive universities in Canada in two out of three measures of research performance over the last decade: growth in research income and growth in research intensity. (Comprehensive universities are those that offer a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs.)

Research income at UVic rose from $22.5 million in 1999 to $104.8 million in 2009, an increase of 364.6 per cent, well ahead of second-place Simon Fraser University and third-place University of Windsor.

Research intensity (defined as research income per full-time faculty) at UVic increased by 287.9 per cent over the decade—again, well ahead of second-place University of Windsor and third-place University of Regina.

In addition, UVic has—for the eighth year in a row—been named a Research University of the Year in the comprehensive category. UVic places third, following the universities of Waterloo (first) and Guelph (second). This means that UVic is once again the highest ranked comprehensive university in Canada outside Ontario.

The Re$earch Infosource results follow on the heels of the Times Higher Education rankings in September, which placed UVic on their elite list of the world's top 200 universities. Research strength was one of the measures used.

"To be consistently ranked among the premier research universities in Canada—and indeed the world—is a testament to the passion and energy of our faculty and students," says Dr. Howard Brunt, UVic's vice-president research. "Their contributions to improving the world around us are wide-ranging and impressive."

On the blended list of Canada's Top 50 Research Universities for 2010—which combines all three categories of university—UVic maintains 17th position and once again places in the elite "100 Million Club" of Canadian institutions with research income of $100 million or more.

The rankings are based on Statistics Canada data and the Re$earch Infosource Canadian university R&D database. To view the entire rankings and analysis: www.researchinfosource.com

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