Lakeland ranked #38 on Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges list< All News
Lakeland moved to 38th place in the 2015 rankings compiled by Research Infosource Inc. The college was 20th in 2014 and 46th overall in 2013.
Using data from the 2014 fiscal year, Research Infosource Inc. analyzed research income and the number of faculty involved in research to create the list that was released Oct. 22.
Lorne MacGregor, director of applied research and commercialization at Lakeland, was not surprised by the college’s ranking.
“Last year when we were ranked 20th in Canada, we had received almost $2 million in funding support from federal and provincial sources for infrastructure. We cannot expect this level of infrastructure funding every year,” he says.
During the 2014 fiscal year, Lakeland secured $1.12 million in research income which was used for applied research on practical, economic uses of renewable energy sources and on agricultural applied research including research on the optimum level of crop inputs and improving livestock feed conversion efficiency.
Although research funding decreased last year, student involvement in applied research increased. A research team was added to the crop unit of the college’s Student Managed Farm – Powered by New Holland, and dozens of students in the environmental sciences diploma program participated in an erosion control project at the college’s Centre for Sustainable Innovation. It’s estimated that about 130 Lakeland students were actively involved in applied research during the year.
“For the next few years we hope to build human resource capacity for research and continue to increase student involvement,” says MacGregor. “To me student involvement and solving local problems are very important measurements of our success. Helping students develop applied research skills will serve them well in the future.”
To learn more about applied research activities at Lakeland College, visit lakelandcollege.ca/applied-research. To view Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges list, visit researchinfosource.com.
Photo: Instructor Rob Baron and members of the of the 2014-15 crop technology research team analyze the cost of inputs used on the college’s research plots.
October 29, 2015