November 15, 2004 for immediate release

Following on the heels of a top-ten ranking in its category in the annual Maclean's magazine ranking of Canadian universities, UNBC has been ranked one of Canada's top research universities.

Toronto-based Research Infosource Inc annually conducts a survey for the National Post that measures the research intensity of Canadian universities. Among all universities, UNBC is ranked 20th, higher than Simon Fraser University, Carleton University in Ottawa, and the University of New Brunswick. Among small universities, UNBC is ranked second, nearly tied with Ontario's Trent University, which scored marginally higher.

"This is evidence of UNBC's success in building a research-intensive small university that is particularly responsive to northern issues," says Max Blouw, Vice-President Research. "Although UNBC is only a decade old, our research activity is greater on a per capita basis than many larger and older universities. It illustrates the quality of our faculty and students."

The Research Infosource survey measures research income from federal granting councils, the percentage of faculty and graduate student involvement in research, and the success of researchers in having their findings published. This year, McMaster University was ranked number one among all universities. The top BC university was UBC at number five. The University of Victoria was ranked 18th and Simon Fraser University ranked 21st.

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