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University’s impressive research growth trajectory continues

Students in the Chemistry Laboratory in the Science Building.
Students in the Chemistry Laboratory in the Science Building.

As one of the newest research universities in Canada, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology continues to stand out for its commitment in both research and teaching.

In just over 14 years, the university has quickly established an impactful research portfolio across a broad range of academic disciplines to address current and future economic and social needs.

The latest report of Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities by business intelligence and analysis firm Research Infosource Inc., shows how research activity at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology compares favourably with its university peers across the country.

Research Infosource annually measures university research performance across a broad range of metrics including:

  • Total research income.
  • Corporate (non-governmental) research funding.
  • Research intensity (research income divided by faculty size or number of graduate students.
  • Research publication intensity.
  • Research publication impact (citations by other researchers).

Measuring all factors with the same methodology in the ‘Research University of the Year’ category, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology ranks 39th in Canada, firmly among a cluster of similar-sized universities.

University of Ontario Institute of Technology by the numbers (source: Research Infosource Inc. for 2016)

  • Total research income: $10.1 million (ranks No. 44 overall in the ‘Top 50 Research Universities’ category, up one place from 2015)
  • Total graduate students: 723
  • Total faculty: 193

About research at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Research projects at the university are built upon the guiding principles of excellence, innovation and societal impact within Canada or internationally. With a focus on building smart and sustainable communities, the university’s primary research clusters are:

  • Advanced manufacturing for 21st-century innovation
  • Education for the 21st century
  • Energy and the environment
  • Human health and community wellness
  • Information and communication technology and informatics
  • Life sciences and biotechnology

All research activity is supported by some of the most modern laboratories and university infrastructure in Canada, including such facilities as:

  • ACE (including a five-storey Climatic Wind Tunnel)
  • Bordessa Hall (Faculty of Social Science and Humanities)
  • Business and Information Technology Building
  • Clean Energy Research Laboratory
  • Education Building
  • Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre
  • Ontario Power Generation Engineering Building
  • Science Building
  • Software and Informatics Research Centre


“Right from our start in 2003, we have differentiated ourselves by conducting intensive research alongside excellent teaching. While many young universities initially focus on undergraduate teaching and postpone building research capacity, the storyline has been different for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Undergraduate students benefit from opportunities for hands-on research alongside their professors, and our School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies attracts outstanding graduate students from all over the world.”
-Douglas Holdway, PhD, Interim Vice-President, Research, Innovation and International

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