We have developed extensive connections with China over the past 40 years. According to the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Canada, UAlberta is the leading Canadian university in Canada-China academic relations. Tsinghua University, China's premier technical university and ranked world's #1 in energy, chose UAlberta as 1 of only 5 international partners to develop an extensive collaborative research program with.


Sino-Canadian Energy and Environment Research and Education Initiative (SCENEREI): will address the growing global need for sustainable energy solutions, with an emphasis on issues and priorities in China and Alberta. SCENEREI includes research, training and education programs, student mobility and will stimulate the development of new technologies. SCENEREI has 35 joint research projects in:

  • Clean energy (hydrocarbon recovery, lignite upgrading, geoscience, carbon capture/storage)
  • Energy policy (regulation, supply chains, geopolitics, policy, capacity, supply, markets and socio-economics),
  • Transportation (pipelines, traffic management, infrastructure and distribution systems)
  • Environment (water use, environmental monitoring, minimizing impact).

Future Energy and Environment Joint Research Centre: Building on our SCENEREI partnership, UAlberta and Tsinghua established the UAlberta-Tsinghua Joint Research Center for Future Energy and Environment in 2017. 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 (national think tank) and UAlberta's Future Energy Systems research centre.

The Chinese Ministry of Education is establishing strategic international research centres across China. This centre is the first with a Canadian university and will be the only one.

Innovation & business development

UAlberta's strong relationship with Tsinghua helped attract TusStar (Tsinghua University Science Park) to opens its first Canadian office, in Edmonton. TusStar has over 80 incubators in 45 Chinese cities, and its holding company, Tus Holdings (owned by Tsinghua University) has assets over $70 billion (CDN). This collaboration will involve working with IT, e-commerce and medical device companies from China, and Canadian medical device and big data companies. The collaboration also opens one of the world's largest markets to Alberta.


The Joint Institute of Advanced Science and Technology, a collaboration between UAlberta and East China Normal University, with national partner Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, will focus on physics, ultra-fast optics, nanoscience and nanomaterial R&D.


The Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology, created with support from the Li Ka Shing Foundation and the Alberta government, enables researchers to pursue new vaccines, treatments and diagnostics for virus-related diseases. The Institute has many collaborations including Fudan University-Shanghai Medical College, Tsinghua University and the Pasteur Institute (Shanghai).

The Institute recently created spin-off company Prophysis, to move antivirals from the lab to patients. The company is also developing cancer-fighting agents and working on computer-assisted drug design and toxicity services, and new liver disease diagnostics. Two potential products were granted US, Chinese and Japanese patents, and the oncolytic (cancer killing viruses) program, proven effective in treating cancer tumors in animal models, was granted a US patent. The oncolytic program is now undergoing regulatory review before human trials.


  • China Scholarship Council (CSC) collaboration with China's Ministry of Education: UAlberta receives more CSC-funded visiting students (grad/undergrad), post-doctoral fellows and scholars than any other university in the world. The collaboration also involves jointly-sponsored conferences.
  • China Opportunity Fund, a collaboration with China's Ministry of Science and Technology, enables UAlberta professors to collaborate on joint projects peers at China's elite State Key Laboratories and National Laboratories.

Other collaborations with China:

  • Through UAlberta's China Institute, which advances scholarship on China and supports new teaching and research activities on Chinese topics, and promotes strong academic linkages between UAlberta and Chinese universities. The Institute also promotes academic, trade and diplomatic relations between Canada and China and advises government and industry interested in doing business in China.
  • Department and faculty levels. Visit faculty websites for details.
  • At the individual faculty member level.