Trent University recaptured the No. 1 spot as Research University of the Year across Canada for 2009.
Trent won this title, in the primarily undergraduate category, for three consecutive years from 2003 to 2005 and has since stayed in the top four but it's "great" to be on top again, said Neil Emery, associate vice-president of research.
Trent's considered a small school. "But we punch above our weight," Emery said.
The annual ranking, by the non-partisan group Research Infosource Inc., was released yesterday.
Trent attracted the most sponsored research in the fiscal year of 2008 and also had the highest percentage increase in research income, Emery said.
Trent attracted $17.3 million in sponsored research in 2007-08 -- up from $11.1 million in 2006- 07, he said. That's a 55% increase.
Trent is among the top 50 universities that posted research income growth higher than the national average of 6%.
The No. 1 position is great news for Trent, Emery said.
If companies want to invest in research and development, he said, this puts Trent more on their radar.
Emery said the research money, from government and non-government sources, was spent on a broad range of studies including Canadian studies, feminist and gender studies as well as contemporary native American women's history and aquatic science.
Trent faculty were also ranked No. 1 across the nation among primarily undergraduate universities for their publication intensity.
The number of studies published by Trent faculty grew by 83.6% over the previous year.
NOTE:According to Research Infosource, Canada's top 50 research universities received $6.1 billion in sponsored research, up from $5.7 billion in 2007.
Research Universities ofthe Year
Research Infosource Inc. named the following Universities of the Year 2009 in different categories:
Medical/Doctoral: University of Toronto
Comprehensive: University of Waterloo
Undergraduate: Trent University
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