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Study ranks Niagara College as seventh leading college in Canada for research development

Although the students might not be doing any classroom learning right now, Niagara College has secured its spot as the seventh top college in the country for research funding, according to a national study released Thursday.

This marks the third years that the  “Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges” report, done by Re$earch Infosource Inc., has named Niagara College in the top 10. Last year, the college also ranked seventh.

“We’ve made research and innovation a key priority,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson in a media release.

“We see ourselves as critical players in Niagara’s economic development, and our consistent climb in these rankings reflects that.”

The release said research funding allows the College to partner with small and medium-sized businesses in the region to tackle various projects like producing and testing prototypes, evaluating new technologies, and developing new or improved products and processes.

“We are thrilled to have this validation for the stellar work our staff, faculty and students are doing on industry partner projects,” said the school’s associate vice-president of research and innovation, Marc Nante.

He said the college has “ramped up” its specialized equipment and lab spaces to attract new partnerships and funding and that it’s “paying off” for small businesses in the region.

Re$earch Infosource compiles annual listings of the Top 50 research universities, corporate reasearch and design spenders, and research hospitals. This year marks the fourth year a list has been released for the Top 50 research colleges in Canada. More information on the Top 50 list can be found at, researchinfosource.com

A special report on all 2016 categories, including comprehensive listings, analysis and insight, will be published on Thursday, Nov. 16.

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