Research University of the Year - UQAR ranked first in Canada in its category

RIMOUSKI, QC, Nov. 2, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) has been named Canadian Research University of the Year by the independent consulting firm RE$EARCH Infosource Inc.

This year, UQAR heads Canada's Top 50 Research Universities List in the Undergraduate category (full-service universities with mainly undergraduate programs). The list was released by the Toronto firm RE$EARCH Infosource Inc. Last year, UQAR ranked sixth in this same category.

RE$EARCH Infosource Inc. uses five specific criteria to objectively determine national winners: total sponsored research income; average research income per full-time faculty member; total number of publications in peer-reviewed journals;  average number of publications per full-time faculty member; and a publication impact factor (established by the Observatoire des sciences et des technologies).

"The results of the RE$EARCH Infosource study demonstrate the quality of our researchers and their teams as well as the scope of the research performed at UQAR," says UQAR's rector, Michel Ringuet. "We are very pleased with the recognition UQAR has earned in recent years, especially in our three areas of research excellence: marine sciences, nordicity and regional development."

UQAR also ranked second in Canada, in its category, for  growth in number of scientific publications between 2004 and 2009. "The results released by RE$EARCH Infosource are very meaningful for us," says Education and Research Vice-Rector Jean-Pierre Ouellet. "Being named a winner is especially remarkable given the underfunding of Québec universities, and of UQAR in particular—where the type of research conducted attracts little private funding." In 2010-2011, UQAR received more than $22 million in grants.

The 2011 ranking demonstrates UQAR's strong growth in research funding between 2009 and 2010, with a 31% increase. In addition, a RE$EARCH Infosource study last year showed UQAR to be the Québec university with the strongest growth in research between 1999 and 2009. Over the last decade, sponsored research income grew by 350% at UQAR, increasing from $3.8 million to $17.4.

Image with caption: "The independent consulting firm RE$EARCH Infosource Inc. has named Université du Québec à Rimouski Canadian Research University of the Year in the Undergraduate category. (CNW Group/Université du Québec à Rimouski)". Image available at:

SOURCE Université du Québec à Rimouski

For further information:

Source: Jean-François Bouchard
Service des communications
418 723-1986, ext. 1426
  Interview: Michel Ringuet
Rector of UQAR
418 723-1986, ext. 1410


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