University of Toronto Breaks $1 Billion Barrier
TORONTO, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Total research income at the 50 leading
universities expanded by only 1.1% in Fiscal 2012, the slowest growth
since 2001, according to this year's annual ranking of Canada's Top 50 Research Universities, released today by Research Infosource Inc., Canada's Source of R&D Intelligence. The national result was depressed by sharp cutbacks in provincial
research funding in Alberta.
Canada's leading research university, University of Toronto, became the
first institution to post over $1 billion of research income ($1.038
billion), followed by University of British Columbia ($585.2 million)
and Université de Montréal ($526.2 million).
Infosource also designated three institutions as Research Universities
of the Year 2013 in their respective categories: University of Toronto
(Medical/Doctoral), University of Waterloo (Comprehensive) and
Université du Québec à Rimouski (Undergraduate).
"It was only two years ago that university research income expanded at
an annual 3.6% pace, a rate of increase that seems idyllic compared
with this year's pace of 1.1%", said Ron Freedman, CEO of Research
Infosource. "Cutbacks in provincial government support weighed heavily
on this year's results in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Corporate funding
has been reined in by weak global business conditions and the retreat
of the pharmaceutical sector from research funding. Federal government
support has been steady, but a far cry from the expansionary trend of
the past decade. Governments typically account for over two-thirds of
university research income, so future prospects are directly tied to
the fortunes of the public sector."
For complete information: http://www.researchinfosource.com/top50_univ.php
Data obtained through Statistics Canada and the Research Infosource
Canadian University R&D database.
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