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Canada’s Top 50 research colleges unveiled

Two Alberta schools lock down first and second position on the list

October 23, 2013  by Staff

TORONTO—Canada’s 50 leading research colleges combined to earn $117.3 million from their research in 2012, according to a ranking by Research Infosource Inc.

The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) emerged as the top research college by attracting a total of $9.8 million in funding.

Ironically enough, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) was runner-up with $6.3 million.

Newfoundland’s College of the North Atlantic attracted $6.0 million, Yukon College nabbed $5.4 million and British Columbia Institute of Technology received $5.2 million in funding in 2012.


The 2012 national total marked a 30.7 per cent increase over 2011. The number of faculty involved in research also increased to 1,731, representing a 15.2 per cent increase. Growth in research income and faculty numbers combined to yield an expansion of 13.4 per cent in research intensity, measured as research income per faculty member.

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