KPU joins ResearchImpact

Sun, Jul 14, 2013


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KPU joins ResearchImpact

Metro Vancouver, BC – Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) was successful in its application to become a member of ResearchImpact (RIR), a pan-Canadian group of universities that provides knowledge mobilization services to universities, communities and government agencies. Knowledge mobilization connects research and researchers with people and organizations seeking to develop sustainable solutions to social, environmental, economic and cultural challenges.

ResearchImpact was formed in 2006 as a partnership between York University and the University of Victoria. The partnership quickly expanded to include four other traditional universities from across Canada – University of Guelph, University of Quebec at Montreal, University of Saskatchewan and the Harris Centre at Memorial University. This past winter a formal call was made to all Canadian universities to apply to become part of ResearchImpact. KPU and three other universities – Carleton University, Université de Montreal and Laurier University – were successful in their applications to become members. KPU is now the only university in Canada’s foremost knowledge mobilization network to have recently been granted university status.

“We are thrilled to be a part of ResearchImpact,” says Dr. Alan Davis, President and Vice-Chancellor of KPU. “This network is a dynamic partnership that works hard to meet the needs of communities and share what they have learned about the dynamics of community partnerships. Participation with ResearchImpact is very much aligned with KPU’s focus on authentic community engagement as outlined in our new strategic plan.”

“KPU joining ResearchImpact adds a new dimension to our research activities; we have always been dedicated to our community, however RIR will bring in new knowledge and expand our collaborations beyond our traditional area, allowing us to share with, and learn from, other communities across Canada,” adds Jason Dyer, AVP Research at KPU. “I’m also delighted that Steve Dooley, one of KPU’s preeminent faculty researchers in the community, will be leading the RIR relationship as the Director of Community Engagement.”

"Knowledge mobilization is becoming increasingly important to Canadian universities and their local and global communities," says David Phipps, Executive Director of ResearchImpact at York University. "Through its focus on service learning and community-engaged scholarship, Kwantlen brings a unique lens to connecting community and campus in learning and research. This helps make RIR a stronger and more comprehensive network of knowledge mobilization universities."

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for 30 years, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts, science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 18,000 students annually have a choice from over 200 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations. Learn more at


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