Hamilton’s Mohawk College ranked among top-10 research colleges in Canada


Published January 27, 2022 at 12:07 pm


Hamilton’s Mohawk College is once again being ranked among the top research colleges in Canada.

For the third year in a row, the school has earned a top-10 position in annual rankings compiled by Research Infosource, a leading Canadian research and development consulting, and publishing firm.

In the overall rankings, Mohawk placed 10th out of 50 Canadian colleges but managed to come out on top (or near the top) in several other categories:

  • 1st – Industry Research Income – Mohawk applied research projects raised more than $3.3 million last year. (Industry grants and contracts represented 50% of total research income).
  • 2nd – Research Partnerships – 254 partners collaborated with the college on applied research projects.
  • 3rd – Paid Student Researchers – IDEAWORKS, Mohawk’s applied research division, employed 349 students in applied research projects.

“Our success as one of the best research colleges in the country is a direct result of the dedication of the IDEAWORKS applied research teams and the strong partnerships that have been established with our industry partners,” said Mohawk College President Ron McKerlie in a press release issued Thursday (Jan. 27).

“Together, we are breaking new ground in technology, strengthening area businesses and providing a rich training ground for student researchers to develop their knowledge and skills.”

In total, IDEAWORKS engaged in 254 research partnerships during the ranking period, the release said, completing 71 projects with industry partners.

Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges reported a total of $270.9 million of sponsored research income in 2020, according to Research Infosource Inc., which represents a 20.8 per cent increase from 2019.

Mohawk’s sponsored research income saw a dip from 2019, when the school ranked 4th on the list, of approximately 22 per cent in 2020, but it wasn’t enough to knock it out of the Top 10.

“These strong rankings reflect our commitment to delivering quality applied research to match the pace and needs of our industry partners,” said Dean of Applied Research Jeffrey McIsaac in the release.

“We thank all our industry partners for their support. It is their continued commitment to innovation that allows us to share our expertise in a way that benefits industry and provides students with valuable, hands-on experiences.”

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