SHERBROOKE, QC, Nov. 17, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - According to the 2016 ranking by Canada's Top 50 Research Universities published by Research Infosource, the Université de Sherbrooke ranks first in Canada for research-income growth from FY2000–2001 to FY2014–2015 among major universities with a medical school and offering a variety of doctoral programs. The research funding for grants and contracts awarded to the university increased by 205.7% for a total of $126.8 million in research income. This amount continued to increase to a total of $129.9 million in FY2015–2016.
The number of scientific publications published by UdeS faculty and researchers followed the same trend during the same period. In fact, the annual number of publications more than doubled, placing UdeS 8th in Canada and 2nd in Quebec for growth in the number of publications.
From FY2000–2001 to FY2015–2016, UdeS had an overall research income in excess of $1.635 billion, leading to more than 10,000 scientific publications produced by its faculty and researchers.
According to the university's President, Professor Luce Samoisette, "our researchers have attained the highest research-income growth in Canada over the last 15 years. And there's a reason for that: we stand out for our successful technology transfer and our innovative entrepreneurial initiatives as the result of working with industry and our community. This strong positioning rests, in particular, on the success of our teams playing a leading role in research and our selection of promising themes that have a strong impact on society. Moreover, our enviable position with respect to an increase in the number of publications attests to the fact that the research work carried out at the Université de Sherbrooke has significant impact internationally."
"By connecting entrepreneurship with science to support innovation, UdeS hopes to triple its research partnerships, double the number of inventions brought to market, and double the number of spinoffs in the Accélérateur de création d'entreprises technologiques (ACET)," explained Jacques Beauvais, Vice-President for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. "To further accelerate the trend, we recently implemented our Innovation, Partnerships, Entrepreneurship strategy, which allows us to build closer ties with businesses that would like to have access to our research infrastructure and expertise. And we are quite successful in turning some of the best ideas of our researchers and students into entrepreneurship projects and partnerships."
The Innovation, Partnerships, Entrepreneurship Strategy
While Global Entrepreneurship Week is at its height, the Université de Sherbrooke is more committed than ever to making known its unique partnership-based ecosystem that embraces both fundamental and applied research, technology transfer, and social innovation, in addition to its distinctive entrepreneurial spirit. Some of the activities include an intergenerational entrepreneurial roundtable, a conference on experiencing entrepreneurship in the school, and inaugurating a virtual participatory research-and-development laboratory. Students will even give presentations on the creation of innovative products over the next few weeks.
A major strategy was kicked off in 2015 to support the next generation of entrepreneurs and local development, including the announcement of the investment of some $60 million over 10 years. See the details of this strategy at USherbrooke.ca/WeStandOut.
About the Université de Sherbrooke
The Université de Sherbrooke lies at the center of one of Quebec's three major research hubs. Recognized for its sense of innovation, the Université de Sherbrooke is a key partner of senior and regional governments to promote social, cultural, and economic development. Moreover, the university stands out because of the significant growth in its research activities in recent years, its technology-transfer successes, and its entrepreneurial and open-innovation initiatives in collaboration with industry and social communities.
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