Olds College is one of Canada’s top 50 research colleges, according to Research Infosource Inc.
Moving up 10 spots on the list this year, Olds College is one of five Alberta colleges that made the national list. Olds College was also ranked in the top 10 of medium size colleges for number of research partnerships and number of completed research projects.
“We are very pleased to be listed as one of the top research colleges in the country,” comments Dr. Joy Agnew, associate vice president, applied research, Olds College. “Olds College is focused on enhancing innovation in agriculture through applied research. The Olds College Centre for Innovation, together with our Smart Farm, and Technology Access Centre for livestock production, are working closely with industry to evolve existing agriculture practices.”
The college’s primary research areas of focus include agriculture technology, crops, environment and wetlands, livestock, and turfgrass. The college collaborates with industry, academics and government to support applied research, innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship.
Olds College joins SAIT, NAIT, Lethbridge College and Bow Valley College on the annual national ranking list. According to Research Infosource Inc., Canada’s Top 50 research colleges reported $227.6 million of sponsored research income in fiscal 2019 in the form of research grants, contracts and contributions from third parties.
“Fiscal 2019 results are encouraging with a number of new colleges making the list this year contributing to a larger year-over-year growth in research income, as well as 80 per cent of colleges reporting research income gains,” said Ron Freedman, CEO of Research Infosource. “With their strong links to local communities – businesses, governments and the non-profit sector – colleges are a vital component of the national system of innovation.”