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Media Release
Release Date: November 16, 2016

VICTORIA—Camosun College is one of Canada’s top colleges for research income according to the annual Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges report, released by Research Infosource Inc.

Camosun attracted a total of $2.3 million in total sponsored research income during the reporting period, an increase of 44.2% over the previous year, and an improvement of four spots in the national ranking. Now ranked 29th in Canada, Camosun was recognized primarily for its contribution to technology, sport, manufacturing and social innovations that help small-to-medium enterprises become more competitive, productive and effective.

Four BC institutes were named to the 2016 Top 50 Research Colleges list: BCIT placed 5th nationally followed by Camosun at 29th and the Justice Institute of BC at 30th. In total, these three BC post-secondary institutes captured 6.4% of all Canadian college research funding.

College research tends to be applied, focusing on meeting the needs of local companies and organizations. “The hands-on nature of our college research offers an incredibly rich experience for Camosun’s students and faculty,” says Dr. Tim Walzak, director of Camosun Innovates. “The primary focus of Camosun Innovates is to connect the projects we solicit to the education we provide. Every project has the potential to be a learning opportunity that challenges students and faculty to collaborate, innovate, create and learn. The added pressures of real deadlines and business objectives translate into memorable, meaningful learning moments.”

“BC colleges did reasonably well this year in expanding their combined research income by 3.7%, compared with a gain of only 0.5% nation-wide,” said Ron Freedman, CEO of Research Infosource. “What concerns us is that the amount of research money provided by industry sources contracted sharply to $1.3 million from nearly $4.9 million the prior year.”

You will find Camosun Innovates in the Enterprise Point building at the Interurban Campus. Camosun invites clients with technology or innovation needs—prototype development; productivity and automation enhancements; computer-assisted technologies; sport adaptive technologies—to contact research manager Jamie VanDenbossche.

View the full Top 50 Canadian Research Colleges list

Contact

Dr. Tim Walzak
Director, Camosun Innovates
250-217-6325
rtwalzak@camosun.ca

Last updated: November 16, 2016 1:52 pm

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