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Research Collaboration

Ryerson University recognizes the critical importance of brain circulation and strongly encourages faculty to consider the global potential of their research. The uniquely hands-on approach to scholarly, research and creative activity at Ryerson resonates with peer institutions in other parts of the world, and has begun to draw attention from some of the top research institutions in other jurisdictions. While the international impact of Ryerson’s research relies on the efforts of the growing number of faculty performing cutting-edge scholarly, research and creative activity, the university will seek to ensure that support is in place to take that activity global.

Goals Recommendations
  1. Increase the number of joint research projects undertaken with international partners.
  2. Increase research funding from international sources.
  3. Increase international reach of Ryerson’s research output.
  • Promote and leverage external funding opportunities dedicated to international research collaboration (led by the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation) to catalyse greater global engagement of Ryerson’s Scholarly, Research and Creative (SRC) agenda.
  • Invest in enhanced data management capacity to better recognize existing and potential connections, and the opportunities they represent, in an easily accessible and timely manner.
  • Establish regular channels for communication (including workshops, networking events and other communications tools) to provide information on opportunities available, and to assist researchers in identifying opportunities for partnership and funding relevant to their research area.

Building a Global Research Reputation

As outlined on page 9, the success of Ryerson’s reputation and SRC agenda rest on the shoulders of our faculty and the visibility of their publications. Noting the impact of international collaboration on citations, and the impact of citations on international university ranking placement, Ryerson will advocate for publication in international journals and through presses that garner consistent international attention. Paramount to this effort will be highlighting Ryerson's specific areas of research excellence such as that marked by the recent announcement of the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration, and unique partnerships such as the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology (iBEST), and the Centre for Urban Energy (CUE).

The university is home to a number of researchers with significant collaborative experience who have multiple ties to international partners. As such, Ryerson will not only leverage existing partnerships but will also utilize the existing knowledge and experience represented by faculty members. The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation and Ryerson International will support a range of workshops, symposia and networking events to promote the exchange of ideas, connections and advice in order to promote increased collaboration. The inclusion of graduate students in this endeavour is recognized as an important one. The Yeates School of Graduate Studies will work with researchers and Ryerson’s international partners to establish joint programs and other opportunities for graduate students to build their own international research networks and increase opportunities to contribute to collaborative research activity across borders.

Furthermore, Ryerson will make sure that our research and innovation stories are being told not only at home, but that they are being shared with our international peers. Ryerson International and the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation will collaborate to ensure regular updates and case studies are shared with partner institutions, Canadian consulates and embassies, and other key stakeholders to keep them abreast of developments in Ryerson’s research activity and keep our institution at top of mind as a potential partner for new endeavours. Ryerson will also continue with efforts to bring our collaborators to Toronto and to share our expertise by seeking to host international conferences, workshops and symposia at the university.

Optimizing Research Networks

Ryerson is already connected with some of the world’s leading universities, and individual faculty members hold a rich array of personal connections. A concerted effort will need to be made to collect information on researchers’ international connections and to systematically organize this data so that potential collaborators for new endeavours can be identified. The institutions with whom Ryerson currently has student exchange agreements or other MOUs will be closely scrutinized to identify areas of overlap with our research theme areas and those existing relationships leveraged to meet research aims.

Effective data management will be key and the university has already invested in a new partnership database that will ensure that information on current partnerships is easily available. Faculty and staff will be called upon to report on their interactions and connections and will be recognized for the international work they undertake.