International Relations

Joint Research

Tackling today’s large and complex issues not only demands collaboration across diverse fields, but across international boundaries. UAlberta is globally focused and active via our research collaborations, researchers, postdoctoral fellows and students. Our partnerships span the globe and involve other universities, research institutes, governments, government agencies, non-profits, technical institutes, industry, foundations and community organizations.

Some UAlberta joint research initiatives are:

Joint Research Lab Program with Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)

Since 2005, UAlberta has partnered with MOST on joint research projects between UAlberta researchers and MOST State Key Labs (SKL) or National Labs (NL). This program is considered a highly successful example of Canada-China collaboration in Science & Technology.

The Government of Alberta and UAlberta have invested over C$2 million in this program and MOST has also provided funding through its labs. Funding has been provided to over 90 collaborative or joint projects with about 50 SKLs or NLs.

UAlberta-Tsinghua Joint Research Centre for Future Energy and Environment 

Building on our Sino-Canadian Energy and Environment Research and Education Initiative (SCENEREI) partnership, which encompassed 35 joint research projects in the areas of clean energy, energy policy, transportation, and environment, UAlberta and Tsinghua established the UAlberta-Tsinghua Joint Research Center for Future Energy and Environment in 2017.

In March 2017, A group of 16 UAlberta faculty members and senior administrators visited Tsinghua University and participated in an all-day workshop with Tsinghua professors. In October 2017, a group of 26 Tsinghua faculty members, Post-Doctoral Fellows, graduate students and administrators from Tsinghua visited UAlberta to attend a 2-day joint workshop on energy and environment. The first round of Call for Proposals was announced in April 2018 and 7 joint research projects were selected by the Academic Committee of the Joint Research Centre in June 2018.

Both universities are committed to tackling new sources of energy to power humanity’s future, while minimizing impacts on air, water and land. The China-based center brings together Tsinghua’s Low Carbon Energy Laboratory and UAlberta’s Future Energy Systems.

UAlberta-ECNU Joint Institute of Advanced Science and Technology

UAlberta and East China Normal University (ECNU) are collaborating to establish a Joint Institute of Advanced Science and Technology, in partnership with Shanghai Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, focusing on optics, photonics, nanosciences, and nanotechnology. 

In June 2017, a group of 10 ECNU professors and 24 UAlberta Faculty members presented during a 2-day joint research workshop held at UAlberta. In June 2018, a group of 25 professors, Post Doctoral Fellows, PhD students and administrators from UAlberta visited ECNU to attend a 2-day joint research workshop.