Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
August 10, 2018

Ministers Mitchelmore and Hawkins Congratulate Memorial University on High Ranking for Ocean Technology Related Research

The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, and the Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today congratulated Memorial University for placing 38th on the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy’s list for engineering research. Memorial is the only Canadian university to make the highly influential list, which ranks the top post-secondary institutions for the study of marine/science engineering in the world.

The Shanghai Rankings include a number of ranking indicators, and contain standings for universities in 54 subjects. In total, more than 4,000 universities were ranked.

Newfoundland and Labrador’s businesses and research capabilities have proven results and support the safe and responsible development of ocean industries in one of the world’s harshest marine environments. This prestigious ranking from the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy recognizes Memorial’s R&D and innovative capabilities, which serve as a catalyst for business and economic growth locally and abroad.

Memorial is a key asset for the developing Atlantic Oceans Supercluster, which represents aquaculture, defence, fisheries, marine renewable energy, ocean technology, oil and gas, shipbuilding and transportation, partnering with entrepreneurs, governments and post-secondary institutions. In addition, the university’s partnership with Ocean Frontier Institute has allowed Memorial to move from world-class to world-leading in oceans-related research.

The Provincial Government continues to support Memorial and its commitment to entrepreneurship and innovation. In 2017-18, over $15.6 million was approved by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation to support R&D research and foster greater innovation in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Support for innovation and technology delivers on commitments in The Way Forward to strengthen the province’s economic foundation and deliver betters services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at

"We all know the knowledge-based economy is growing, and businesses are creating globally competitive technology solutions right here in Newfoundland and Labrador. Memorial University is a catalyst in this, spurring economic growth, while strengthening and supporting innovative technologies and advanced R&D. I congratulate Memorial on this prestigious recognition, and commend their efforts in ground breaking ocean technology related research. The Provincial Government, through The Way Forward, is helping to create an environment that captures the full potential of our province’s many riches – to grow and foster a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation.”
Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

"Memorial University makes valuable social and economic contributions to our province and is highly-regarded among peer institutions across Canada and around the globe. This reputation will be further enhanced with the completion of the state of the art Core Science Facility which will promote world class research and science collaboration. All Newfoundlanders and Labradorians can be proud of this institution and the high-quality programming and research undertaken in our province.”
Honourable Al Hawkins
Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

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2018 08 10                             3:40 p.m.