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February 8, 2022 1:24 PM

Conestoga named among Canada's top 20 research colleges

Research Infosource Inc., a leading source of research and development intelligence in Canada, has named Conestoga among Canada’s top 20 research colleges for 2021. Conestoga has consistently ranked in the top 25 since 2016 and this year moved into sixteenth place -- ahead two spots from last year - with research income totalling more than $6.3 million.

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“These rankings showcase the impact of the college’s focus and commitment to growing research capacity,” said Dr. Michelle Chrétien, associate vice president, Research & Innovation. “Our faculty, researchers and students should be proud of their efforts in fostering innovation.”

According to the report, Conestoga also ranked among Canada’s top ten large colleges for both its number of paid student researchers as well as its completed research projects. Conestoga placed eleventh among Canada’s large colleges for its number of research partnerships.

“Fiscal 2020 was an outstanding year for college research,” said Ron Freedman, CEO of Research Infosource in a news release. “An unprecedented number of institutions - 32 - reported triple or double-digit increases in their research income, which is reflected in the large overall total research colleges gain.”

Over the last two years, more than 200 students and close to 60 faculty members at the college were engaged in applied research through capstone, curriculum-based and independent research projects.

Conestoga works in collaboration with industry, community and government partners to deliver innovative solutions to address real-world challenges. The college’s centres of excellence and innovation focus on applied research in a variety of areas including advanced recycling technologies, cybersecurity, seniors care, smart manufacturing and digital innovation, supply chain excellence, and workforce safety, wellness and performance.

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