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Alberta experience climbs to the top

“The whole experience was one that will remain unparalleled to any other experience of my life.” This large and shining declaration made by Ankita Gupta a third year Computer Science and Engineering student at Vellore Institute of Technology in Tamil Nadu, India encapsulated her recent visit to Alberta, Canada made possible by the Mitacs Globalink program.

Ankita was one of 200 top international students that undertook 3 month research projects over the summer at universities in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Mitacs Globalink program introduces Canada as a world-leading research and innovation destination to top undergraduate students from around the world.  For the Mitacs Globalink students, the three-month program is an opportunity to experience Canada’s universities, research facilities, and society, while building friendships with local students.

Ankita was hosted by the University of Alberta and worked on her project with Alberta Health Services which involved building a data warehouse to store information of the cancer patients in the province of Alberta.

“The chance to work with new software was a very good experience but the Mitacs Globalink program allowed me the opportunity to learn the practical application of concepts from my graduate studies,” explains Ankita. “The other thing that I got to experience was the work environment of Canada which was needless to say very disciplined and professional.  My team was very supportive and helpful whenever the need be. The research work going on in the University is itself very commendable.”

The Globalink program also goes beyond the classroom by providing a big picture taste for life in Canada. As part of the internship, the students spend time working alongside their Canadian counterparts to understand Canadian culture and how easy it is for them to fit in.

“I got to roam around Edmonton and also places nearby it like Jasper and Banff and it are one of the most peaceful cities that I have visited. The Canadian Rockies never ceased to surprise me!” said Ankita. “The Mitacs Globalink Industrial Conference was one of the most amazing weeks of the internship. The workshops were very useful and practical in nature and the recreation activities done in the evenings showed me some of the true Canadian culture.”