Belleville, ON, Dec. 7, 2023 – For the fourth consecutive year, Loyalist College has been named one of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges, according to the annual report released today by Research Infosource Inc. Climbing eight spots to the 36th position in the national rankings, Loyalist has demonstrated significant post-pandemic growth as it continues to leverage applied research as a tool for driving positive social, economic, and environmental impact in the Eastern Ontario region.
Loyalist’s leap in ranking is complemented by 57.8 percent growth in Loyalist’s research income, a substantial increase that reflects government and industry investment in the college’s expanding research capabilities.
“Loyalist College takes great pride in being consistently recognized among Canada’s top research colleges,” says Loyalist College President and CEO Mark Kirkpatrick. “Over the past six years, our dedicated team of staff, faculty, researchers and students have cultivated a thriving research environment that not only fosters innovation but also champions applied research as a catalyst for positive change. Together, we will continue to build our research capacity in service of a shared vision to advance sustainability, foster economic growth and meet community needs.”
The Applied Research and Innovation Office (ARIO) is the home of applied research at Loyalist, connecting industry and community partners with the college’s expertise, talent and facilities. ARIO’s support for startups, community services, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has solidified Loyalist’s position as a regional destination for innovation. Most recently, Loyalist announced that its Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis (CNPMC) secured a Controlled Drugs and Substances Licence from Health Canada for psilocybin research, placing the college among a select group in Canada with federal endorsement for psilocybin-related studies.
President and CEO Mark Kirkpatrick also highlights the importance of applied research in providing students with opportunities to solve real-world industry and community challenges. “For Loyalist students, applied research serves as a springboard into the workforce,” he explains. “By engaging with real-world challenges across diverse sectors – from health care and justice studies to business, culinary arts and biosciences – we’re equipping learners with the skills and experiences necessary for tomorrow’s world. Our vision is to embed this innovative, problem-solving mindset into every aspect of a Loyalist College education, setting our students on a path to make meaningful contributions in their fields.”
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About Loyalist College
Loyalist College is built upon the lands governed by the Dish with One Spoon wampum agreement. We affirm and thank the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabeg and Huron-Wendat nations for their continued caretaking of the land. At Loyalist, we empower our students with wraparound support services and hands-on training to succeed on any path they choose. Our academic programs are responsive and innovative, designed to solve pressing social and economic challenges and meet the evolving needs of our regional industry and community partners. Our graduates enter the workforce equipped with the knowledge they need to be better global citizens, and with future-focused skills to lead change in their fields. With a presence in Belleville, Bancroft, Port Hope, Tyendinaga and Toronto, we believe our institutional responsibility extends beyond the classroom to seeing the big picture for the communities we serve. Our expertise in applied research and deep connections to local industry support economic development, to the benefit of businesses, entrepreneurs, changemakers and innovators. Our commitment to decolonization, and the pursuit of a more inclusive, equitable world, means we hold ourselves accountable to the diverse perspectives, cultures and experiences that shape our communities.
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