Acadia top three in Canada, first in Atlantic region for corporate research income
In the Top 50 Canadian Research University roundup, Acadia had impressive results
Acadia leads all primarily undergraduate universities from Atlantic Canada for corporate research income in fiscal year 2020.
According to financial data posted to the Canadian Association of University Business Officers website, Acadia attracted almost $1.8 million from industry and private sector partners.
Performance rankings were released on Jan. 25 by Research Infosource as part of its yearly roundup of the Top 50 Research Universities in Canada.
Among primarily undergraduate universities in Canada, Acadia placed third for corporate research income as a percentage (27.5%) of overall research income, and has been in the top five in this category for the past three years. The University also moved up to fifth place in the corporate research income growth category, with an impressive 38.5 percent gain.
"We are proud to be Atlantic Canada's leading undergraduate university for corporate research income," says Dr. Anna Redden, Associate Vice-President, Research. "Our exceptional faculty and students work closely with our Office of Industry and Community Engagement to deliver impactful results within our region, throughout Canada, and around the world."
Acadia excels in applied research and celebrates strong collaborations with industry and community partners, government agencies, and other stakeholders, explains Redden. "Students at Acadia have unique, career-building opportunities to participate in a range of extraordinary research activities that make a difference."
Located in the Annapolis Valley's fertile agricultural region along the Bay of Fundy coastline, Acadia contributes to internationally recognized research, with a strong and growing commitment to regional economic development.
More than 60 percent of Acadia's research is applied in nature and focused on various sectors of regional importance, including agriculture & agri-food, health, environment, cleantech and data analytics.
Acadia's Office of Industry & Community Engagement (ICE) is leading the charge on the applied research front. ICE serves as Acadia's primary entry point for industry partners and national and regional economic development agencies seeking exciting and productive research collaborations.
"Consistent high-ranking in the corporate research category demonstrates our ongoing and growing commitment to applied research and partnerships with industry," says Dr. Dale Keefe, Provost and Vice-President, Academic.
"Acadia provides a transformative liberal arts education for our students," he says. "Our investment in specialized research infrastructure, laboratories, field stations, and research centres and institutes create meaningful opportunities for students while spurring economic development for our partner communities."
Research Infosource Inc. is one of the country's leading research and consulting firms and produces annual research rankings for universities, corporations, hospitals and colleges.