The College of the North Atlantic (CNA) has been ranked third in Canada among public colleges for applied research income, according to Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges, a report released by Research Infosource Inc.
The ranking is based on a college’s ability to attract funding for applied research and development.
In the 2012 fiscal year, CNA attained $6,026,000 in research income, with 25 faculty members involved in applied research projects.
“One of the strengths of the College of the North Atlantic is the extensive knowledge base and the professional qualities that our faculty members bring to the classroom, to communities and in support of industry,” said Ann Marie Vaughan, the college’s president and CEO. “Engaging in applied research is central to the community connection and relevance that comes from the College of the North Atlantic. These activities enhance the classroom experience for our students, as our faculty members are continuously engaged in the sectors for which they provide training.”
Current projects that involve multiple funding and participating partners include disciplines such as mining, manufacturing technology, agrifoods, petroleum and wave-powered pumping for aquaculture.
“We are extremely proud of this recognition and acknowledge the significance of our standing amongst our peers,” said Mohammed Iqbal, the college’s chairman of applied research. “The college has been actively pursuing small and medium-sized businesses to work with so we can assist in modifying and enhancing their business aptitudes. We also have some significant projects underway that are not only unique to their respective industries, but are also introducing new methodologies to those industries.”