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Fleming College Ranks as One of Canada’s Top Research Colleges


Peterborough, ON – (December 7, 2023) – Fleming College has climbed to the 28th position on Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges list, marking a significant advancement from last year’s 35th placement.

The annual ranking, published by Research Infosource Inc., recognizes colleges that excel in driving research initiatives and contributing to Canada’s knowledge economy. Rankings are based on research income in the form of research grants, contracts and contributions from third parties. Data were obtained though surveys of publicly funded colleges and from 2022-2023 financial statements. During that time, Fleming had $4.858 million of sponsored research income, up 66.7% from the previous year, and a record-high amount for the college.

“We are thrilled to see such a substantial increase in research funding and the tangible results of our strategic expansion into new areas of applied research at the college”, said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson. “As we celebrate this milestone, we remain dedicated to fostering a culture of innovation and strong community collaboration to prepare our partners and students for the challenges of the future.”

The rankings also highlight Fleming’s consistent performance over the last five years. Amongst all medium-sized colleges, Fleming College ranked 5th overall for industry research income between 2018-2023.

Fleming College is home to three applied research centres, which were responsible for most of the college’s research income. The Centre for Advancement of Water and Wastewater Technologies (CAWT) has been carrying out industry-led research for 20 years. The Centre for Innovative Aquaculture Production (CIAP) and the Centre for Advancement in Mechatronics and Industrial Internet of Things (CAMIIT) were established in 2020.

The benefits of college applied research for industry include better production processes and new or improved products and services. For social innovation partners, applied research leads to adapted or improved services, processes, policies, or changes to systematic challenges that have left vulnerable people behind.

The complete Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges list can be found on the Research Infosource website.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni.

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