The University of Alberta has many important relationships and connections in the Americas. Within the region, the countries of USA, Mexico and Brazil have strategic institutional importance and key Faculty initiatives also exist in countries such as Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia.
United States of America
A key pillar of UAlberta’s engagement with the United States is our active participation in the Canada-U.S Fulbright Program. In the last 25 years, through the various Canada-U.S Fulbright programs and the Killam Fellowships Program, Fulbright Canada has granted awards to 100 students and scholars for education exchange both to and from the University of Alberta. A particular highlight is the seven Fulbright Visiting Research Chairs hosted by various faculties at the University of Alberta.
The United States represents a top-five source country for student enrollment at the University of Alberta.
The University of Alberta is heavily invested in the Mexican energy sector, working on initiatives that range from research and innovation, to graduate education and short-term professional development. The majority of the initiatives revolve around collaboration in the hydrocarbon sector but important linkages also exist in the areas of Carbon Capture Sequestration and Storage (CCUS), Bioenergy, and Grids and Storage.
Important Mexican partners include: National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the Mexican Institute of Petroleum (IMP), Centre for Bioenergy Innovation (CEMIE Bio) and the National Institute of Electricity and Clean Energy (INEEL).
As part of the Brazilian government’s Science Without Borders program, UAlberta received 230 Brazilian students over a period of 4 years, strengthening the university’s existing connections with Brazil.
Through the Worldwide Universities Network, UAlberta has strong ties with the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). Dual/joint graduate degree programs with the University of Sao Paulo and UNICAMP in Pharmacy and Computing Science, respectively, provide graduate students with opportunities to study in both Canada and Brazil.
Also, UAlberta’s Faculty of Nursing maintains strong connections with University of São Paulo - Ribeirão Preto, Federal University of Santa Caterina, and Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, for both research and graduate education.
UAlberta has close relationships with institutions in Latin America through its management of CPASP. The five-year program contributes to the capacity of governments in Pacific Alliance countries (Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru) to sustainably manage and regulate their extractive sectors for the benefit of their nations, including not only economic development, but also environmental stewardship, social justice, and gender equality. This program is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada.