Belleville, ON, January 27, 2022 – Loyalist College has once again been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 50 research colleges. According to the annual analysis published today by Research Infosource Inc., the College achieved significant growth in a number of key categories over the last year. In fiscal year 2019-20, Loyalist College’s Applied Research and Innovation Office (ARIO) saw a 190 percent increase in research income, bringing Loyalist’s rank to no. 4 in Canada for Research Income Growth. The College also rose to third place overall for Research Income/Researcher, up 30 points from the previous year, and jumped 11 spots up from the previous year’s ranks, rising to a regional best at no. 35.
“This is remarkable recognition for our exceptional team of students, faculty, staff and industry partners working with the Applied Research and Innovation Office, and demonstrates how being small gives us the power to do big things,” said Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, Loyalist College President and CEO. “I am so proud of the many ways in which our students, faculty, and staff continue to generously lend their talents to our growing network of industry partners. Loyalist’s rise in research rankings puts us on the national stage as a leader in natural products, which is why we have become a destination for businesses as they scale and compete in the global market.”
Loyalist’s surge in funding over the last year has empowered the College to enhance its state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, and instrumentation. This development has accelerated the growth and expansion of the College’s research capacity in natural products, applied biotechnology and genomics. In addition, Loyalist is expanding its footprint beyond the region and advancing partnership opportunities with small and medium-enterprises (SMEs) as well as large enterprises across the country who are seeking guidance and expertise in product development, process optimization, and quality control.
“For businesses to succeed in our region, they require research to support their development and diversification,” said Chris King, CEO, Quinte Economic Development Commission. “As start-ups emerge and businesses grow or relocate to the Bay of Quinte, Loyalist’s applied research capabilities play an essential role in helping SMEs to scale and succeed, by providing access to advanced technology and industry expertise.”
In addition to income from industry partnerships, Loyalist College’s Applied Research and Innovation Office receives funding through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program, as well as the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Ontario Research Fund (ORF), and the Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI).
To collaborate with Loyalist, one of Canada’s top 50 research colleges, visit loyalistappliedresearch.com.
About Loyalist College
Loyalist College is located on the territory of the Huron-Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, and the Haudenosaunee people. We acknowledge our shared obligation to respect, honour, and sustain these lands and the natural resources contained within. Ranked one of Canada’s top 50 research colleges, Loyalist College empowers students, faculty, staff, and partners through experiential, industry cluster-based education, training and applied research programs. As Ontario’s Destination College, the College provides job-ready graduates for, and knowledge transfer to, industry and the community. Of 2018-19 Loyalist graduates, 88.8 percent were employed within six months after graduation. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, the College is perfectly positioned between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Loyalist College offers more than 70 full-time diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs in biosciences, building sciences, business, community service, health and wellness, media studies, public safety, and skilled trades. Continuing education options are available through LoyalistFocus.com, including hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses, and through the College’s 100+ university transfer agreements. Loyalist College is a key driver of social and economic health in eastern Ontario. It contributes 3.7 percent of the Gross Regional Product, representing $382 million annually to the regional economy – based on a March 2020 report by Emsi. For more information on Loyalist College’s Belleville, Bancroft and Toronto campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit YoureGoingPlaces.com.
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