University of Waterloo named Research University of the Year

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

WATERLOO, Ont. (Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012) – For the fifth year in a row, the University of Waterloo is Research University of the Year among Canadian comprehensive universities, says Research Infosource Inc.

Considered one of Canada's leading consulting firms for organizations with interests in science, technology, and innovation, the firm ranks top research universities in three categories: Medical/Doctoral, Comprehensive and Undergraduate. It released "Canada's Top 50 Research Universities List 2012" today. The group scores institutions based on research input as well as impact.

These are exciting yet challenging times for research at the university level," said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president & vice-chancellor of Waterloo. "To have this recognition for the fifth consecutive year is a testament to the hard work and resourcefulness of our researchers, and to the innovation that is a defining characteristic of Waterloo."

Most university research takes place at institutions in the Medical/Doctoral category. Sixteen of them accounted for more than 80 per cent of research income at the universities represented in the Top 50. Research income includes funding from government and non-government sources. Waterloo was one of only three universities that are not Medical/Doctoral institutions that attracted at least $100 million in research dollars last year.

Total research income for the leading research universities in the country rose to $6.63 billion last year. The amount represents an increase of 2.2 per cent over the previous year, the smallest increase in a decade. According to the list, 34 universities increased their research income, while 16 were down. More detail is available at www.researchinfosource.com.

About the University of Waterloo

In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada's technology hub, has become one of Canada's leading comprehensive universities with 34,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Waterloo, as home to the world's largest post-secondary co-operative education program, embraces its connections to the world and encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research and discovery. In the next decade, the university is committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow. For more information about Waterloo, please visit www.uwaterloo.ca.

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Pamela Smyth

Media Relations Officer

Communications & Public Affairs

University of Waterloo

519.888.4777

psmyth@uwaterloo.ca

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