UOIT stands out among young universities for its commitment to excellence in both research and teaching.
Research and teaching are the two pillars of any university. While most universities initially focus on undergraduate teaching, adding a focus on research years later, UOIT, in contrast, has conducted intensive research alongside excellent teaching from the start.
Every UOIT research project is built on three guiding principles: excellence, innovation, and societal impact within Canada, and/or internationally. Our research addresses current and future economic and social needs. With this in mind, our strategic research themes are:
- Advanced manufacturing for 21st-century innovation
- Education for the 21st century
- Energy and the environment
- Human health and community wellness
- Information and communication technology and informatics
- Life sciences and biotechnology
In our first decade of operation, UOIT's research capacity has grown from attracting $250,000 in external funding in its first year (2003-2004) to more than $11 million in 2013-2014.
Significant initiatives include a $28-million federal and provincial government investment in the Automotive Centre of Excellence, a $48.5-million investment in a new Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre, and a plan to obtain more Canada Research Chairs (CRCs). UOIT now has one Tier 1 CRC and five Tier 2 CRCs (with one additional Tier 1 and four additional Tier 2 Chairs currently in development).