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SAIT ranked as one of Canada's top research colleges

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The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) is one of Canada's top 10 research colleges.

Research Infosource Inc.’s Top 50 Research Colleges 2020 ranking was released Tuesday, Dec. 15 with SAIT taking seventh spot. The ranking is part of the annual Canada's Innovation Leaders (CIL) report recognizing leading research universities, corporations, hospitals and colleges enhancing Canada's global competitiveness in the knowledge economy.

SAIT’s Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS) develops new or improved technologies in response to the innovation needs of industry. 

“The world has changed and the research needs of our industry partners are accelerating,” says Tom Bornhorst, Vice President, Corporate Development, Applied Research and International. “Our research managers and the entire team at ARIS consistently meet those needs and find cost-effective solutions to the challenges the world faces today.”

ARIS comprises 50,000 square feet of specialized research labs and facilities supporting a variety of industries and organizations to move their products from concept to prototype.

“Industry partnerships are foundational to SAIT — and it’s those relationships we’ve built with industry , governments and other key stakeholders that have set us apart throughout our 104-year history,” says Bornhorst. “This recognition highlights our unwavering commitment to collaboration and to build what’s possible, together.”

Teams of ARIS researchers, students and industry partners work in established and emerging research areas, including information technology; unmanned systems; design, fabrication and testing; environmental technologies; clean energy solutions; green building technologies, and our newest research area focused on advanced manufacturing and materials.

"SAIT made a huge gain in research income this year and jumped an exceptional 10 positions in the national ranking,” says Ron Freedman, CEO, Research Infosource Inc. “Congratulations to researchers, partners, students and administrators on a fantastic year.”

A commitment to collaborate with industry as co-leaders in building the economy is an institutional priority within SAIT’s 2020-2025 strategic plan, New World. New Thinking. Learn more about ARIS and how SAIT is working with industry to solve the issues of today, while developing the innovations of tomorrow.

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