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In 2019-20, UAlberta International...

...developed and continued fruitful international partnerships that created innovative opportunities for research and learning.

Joint Research Centre for Future Energy and Environment between UAlberta and Tsinghua University

The Joint Research Centre for Future Energy and Environment between UAlberta and Tsinghua University, China's leading science and technology research-university, continued its strong development in 2019-20. The Centre focuses on developing low-carbon, sustainable energy solutions while tackling global environmental challenges in Canada and China. In July 2019, 7 new joint research projects were funded and an annual joint research workshop was held at UAlberta in September 2019. By April 2020, a total of five PhD students and six Master's students had been trained through the centre's joint projects. Three books and 24 papers were published, and 15 patents were submitted with 10 granted.

UAlberta - East China Normal University (ECNU) Joint Institute of Advanced Science and Technology

The annual joint research workshop of the University of Alberta - East China Normal University (ECNU) Joint Institute of Advanced Science and Technology took place in Edmonton in June 2019. During the two-day event, five ECNU professors had discussions with over 30 UAlberta faculty members, post-doctoral fellows and PhD students in the areas of photonics, spectroscopy, lasers and nanoscience. The joint institute steering committee meeting also took place after the workshop and the plans for future development were discussed.

UAlberta and Tec de Monterrey (ITESM)

President Turpin travelled to ITESM in December 2019 to present at the International Conference on Educational Innovation and take part in a Canada-Mexico AI panel discussion coordinated by UAlberta International. The panel included leaders from ITESM and the Mexican Industrial Innovation Center in Artificial Intelligence, and the reception was attended by Mr. Roberto Russildi, Mexican Secretary of Economy and Labour. During the visit, Pres. Turpin also signed an MoU for the establishment of a Seed Grant Program for Joint Research Projects. The Program was initiated in early 2020, will support up to six joint projects per year for three years, in the areas of AI, advanced manufacturing, and clean technology.

Joint Doctoral Degree Programs (JDPs) with India IITs

In early 2020, UAlberta signed agreements with several Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), India's top science and technology institutions, to establish Joint Doctoral Degree Programs (JDPs) that will facilitate mobility of PhD students to pursue research under a host supervisor for periods of up to one year. The programs are with IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur and IIT Roorkee. While leading institutions in other countries such as Australia, Germany and Singapore have comparable JDPs with IITs, these are the first of their kind among Canadian universities.

Agreements signed in 2019-20 to support faculty initiatives:

  • Sponsored student agreement with Kuwait Ministry of Higher Education and Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry for spaces in the DDS program
  • Various agreements between Wenzhou Medical University (WMU) and the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, including a collaboration agreement to establish an Alberta Institute at WMU to help FoMD build reputation, develop international enrollment and increase revenue generation.

  • A letter of Intent between Beijing Sport University (BSU) and the Faculty of KSR to facilitate collaboration on BSU's new international education campus in Hainan province

UAlberta and RWTH Aachen

UAlberta continued to strengthen its partnership with RWTH Aachen University, one of Europe's top science and technology institutions. This included hosting a large delegation of researchers in June 2019; coordinating two calls of the UAlberta-RWTH Aachen Senior Research Fellowships, sponsored by RWTH Aachen, which provided financial support worth CAD30,000 to eight UAlberta researchers to visit Aachen; and development of the first UAlberta-RWTH Aachen call for seed funding. In addition, student mobility has grown through student and intern exchange.

...facilitated international connections among researchers.

Global Affairs Canada Faculty Mobility Program

UAlberta International promoted two calls for proposals for the Faculty Mobility Program offered by Global Affairs Canada which supports short-term visits by Canadian university professors to Latin America for teaching and research. On behalf of the university, UAlberta International submitted a total of 24 applications for those two calls.

UAlberta and CAPES

UAlberta International also facilitated connections with researchers in Brazil to support mobility and research under the Brazilian government's CAPES PrInt research internationalization funding program.

...welcomed international visitors to campus to pursue global learning opportunities while enriching the campus community.

Worldwide Universities Network Summer School

In July 2019, UAlberta hosted the Worldwide Universities Network Summer School, welcoming 21 students from 13 WUN member universities to learn about energy transitions from faculty and researchers across many disciplines.

Global Academic Leadership Development Program (GALD)

The GALD program, administered by UAlberta International, welcomed three cohorts of 135 international senior administrators to campus. In 2019, participants were from 72 different postsecondary institutions in China.

Visiting Internship Program (VIP)

In 2019/20, UAlberta International delivered four summer/winter programs for 107 students from 24 universities, as well as a two-week program for nine oil and gas professionals from five countries.

UAlberta Research Experience (UARE)

The University of Alberta International has continued to connect top international undergraduate and graduate research interns with UAlberta faculty researchers for a three to six month internship experience. In 2019-20, 118 students completed internships in our flagship program, the UAlberta Research Experience (UARE), which is co-funded with UAlberta researchers. An additional 117 research experience participants, funded by external sources, received comprehensive support including placement with a host professor and relevant programming.

UAlberta & RWTH Aachen research exchange fuels innovative concepts

Fostering Energy Leadership: UAlberta provides global perspectives in 2019 Worldwide Universities Network Summer School