UNBC Named a National "Research University of the Year"

October 26, 2007
A national ranking of Canada’s research-intensive universities has named UNBC as one of Canada’s top Research Universities of the Year. Only universities that place within the top three in their size category have the distinction of being named a Research University of the Year. UNBC placed third among the 20 small universities.

Overall, UNBC has ranked 29th among Canadian universities, placing better than many universities that are much larger and older than UNBC. For example, UNBC placed one point ahead of the University of Regina, which has nearly 13,000 students. UNBC has just over 4000.

“The reason for our success is simple: we have the best faculty in the country,” says UNBC President Don Cozzetto. “They’re connected with numerous industry groups, communities, and government agencies such as Northern Health, to both ensure that the community is part of the research process as well as the dissemination and application of the research results.”

In the 2005-06 fiscal year, UNBC attracted nearly $16 million in research funding, a 90% increase over the results from the previous year. This large annual increase is due to a number of new developments during 2005-06: research funding for the new National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, the acquisition of state-of-the-art forestry research equipment to assess fibre quality, the expansion of UNBC’s high-performance computing centre, and the addition of health research equipment.

UNBC has a research profile that is far beyond what is normal for a small university. For example, the University has 13 research chairs and a research infrastructure that includes two research forests, a national centre of aboriginal health, the I.K. Barber Enhanced Forestry Lab, a landscape ecology research centre southeast of Quesnel, and numerous other research centres and institutes. To date, UNBC has attracted about $10.5 million in funding for research equipment from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund.

The ranking is conducted by Research InfoSource and published in the National Post. Universities are assessed on a number of criteria related to research funding and research publications. The 2007 ranking is based on data from the 2005-06 fiscal year.

The expansion of research at UNBC relates to the growth in graduate students at the University. About 14% of UNBC students are pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees and they are vital to the research process.

Dr. Don Cozzetto, President, UNBC – 250.960.5600
Rob van Adrichem, Director of Media and Public Relations, UNBC – 250.960.5622


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