SFU named top Canadian university for innovation, entrepreneurial spirit

SFU tops for innovation

Simon Fraser University has been ranked as best in the nation for giving students the chance to contribute to the community and improve its approach to education for all.

The Burnaby post-secondary took first place in two categories in the 2022 World's Universities with Real Impact ratings: top innovative university, out of 100 schools in Canada, and top entrepreneurial spirit, out of 50 institutions.

"I am so proud of the creativity and ambition that our students, faculty and staff demonstrate each day, and excited that their groundbreaking innovations and entrepreneurial spirit have been recognized by WURI," SFU president Joy Johnson said in a news release.

"SFU is doing incredible work in the innovation space, from training students for jobs of the future to partnering with industry and communities to mobilize knowledge that makes a positive impact — it's an exciting time to be here and watch it all happen."

It's the second consecutive year SFU has been ranked as the top university in the country for WURI, and is the only Canadian university to make the top 50.

The school also moved into first place for industrial applications and move up globally among innovative universities to 18th in the world — up from 24th in 2021.

"While supporting our researchers desire to make a social impact, we are also playing a pivotal role in helping industry bolster its science innovation pipeline through SFU Innovates," SFU's inaugural associate vice president, knowledge mobilization and innovation Elicia Maine added.

The school recently maintained 13th in Canada in the 2023 Quacquarelli SymondsUniversity Rankings.

"As one of Canada's top research-intensive universities, I am proud of the strides SFU has made in furthering our excellence in research," SFU vice president of research and international Dugan O'Neil explained.

"Our placement in these global ranking systems is one way for the world and our far-reaching communities to see the impact being made by our talented scholars."

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