U15 joins global network of research institutions

March 26, 2014

The U15 Group of Canadian Research Intensive Universities has joined a global network of research institutions made up of the Association of American Universities (AAU), the League of European Research Universities (LERU), The Russell Group (from the UK), the China 9 grouping of leading Chinese universities (C9) and the Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities (Go8). The Canadian consortium is now a signatory of the Hefei Statement on the Ten Characteristics of Contemporary Research Universities. The network seeks to create common metrics for research output and performance, establish a joint statement on the roles and importance of contemporary research universities, and unite established groups of research-intensive universities to better engage with the global research council. The move coincides with the Canadian government’s recently-announced investments in research, such as the $1.5-billion Canada First Research Excellence Fund. U15 News Release | Hefei Statement