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University moves up to sixth position in top 50 research ranking

Student life in the summer.University of Calgary now ranked in top five in Canada for research funding growth

The University of Calgary moved up three places and is now ranked sixth among top research universities in the country, according to Re$earch Infosource Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities rankings for 2014. The university generated $328,736,000 in sponsored research income for the 2013 fiscal year. In addition, the University of Calgary moved into fifth position for research funding growth from 2013 to 2014 — increasing by $45,965,000 or 16 per cent.

“It’s rewarding to be recognized for our research funding — and the accelerated rate that we are growing in this area. This recognition reinforces our goal of becoming one of Canada’s top five research universities in 2016,” said Ed McCauley, vice president (research) for the University of Calgary. “University rankings provide valuable baseline information and relevant comparatives. We are pleased to note that once again we have moved up in another ranking analysis.”

The University of Calgary recently secured ninth position in the world in the Quacquarelli Symonds Limited (QS) rankings for top universities under 50 years of age. The institution remains the top-ranked young university in Canada and is second in North America.

Using Statistics Canada data and its own Canadian University R&D Database, Re$earch Infosource ranks universities by their research income and research intensity. Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities List ranks universities based on their total sponsored research income. In order to obtain a balanced picture of how universities are performing, the ranking takes into account both financial input and research output and impact measures. The financial input measures are: total sponsored research income and faculty research intensity. The research output and impact measures are: total number of publications, publication intensity and publication impact.

University rankings provide valuable baseline information for the university. Re$earch Infosource’s ranking of Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities provides a good snapshot of how the University of Calgary compares to other large research universities in Canada. The university uses Re$earch Infosource rankings as one means for measuring success, as well as evaluating other rankings systems that measure different criteria with different methodologies.

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