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March 2014

Pursuing a Master’s degree through Mitacs Globalink

When Wanyao Zhao came to Canada in the summer of 2012 he had one thing on his mind – the type of research he’d be doing as a Globalink Research Intern at the University of Toronto. What he didn’t expect was to be so warmly embraced by the people of at the University, not to mention those in the city’s Chinatown where he stayed for 12 weeks during his internship.

After completing his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the Beijing Institute of Technology, Wanyao knew he had to return to Canada. In the fall of 2013, he enrolled as an international Master’s student in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at U of T.

As a returning Globalink Research Intern, Wanyao was eligible for the Globalink Graduate Fellowship. The award provides financial support for former GRIs returning to Canada for a Master’s or doctoral program at select Mitacs partner universities and was a deciding factor in his decision to return to Canada.

Now in his second semester at the U of T, Wanyao is working under the supervision of Professor Ashish Khisti researching computer coding security – and loving every minute of life on campus. “I knew I made the right decision by coming back to Ontario for my Master’s. The research opportunities, hands-on faculty instruction and top-notch laboratory facilities are second to none.” After completing his Master’s, Wanyao plans continue his educational path in Canada by earning his PhD.


Mitacs thanks the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario for their support of the Globalink research internship in this story. Across Canada, the Globalink program also receives support from Alberta Innovates, the Government of British Columbia, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Quebec, the Government of Saskatchewanand Research Manitoba.

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