Mitacs and Universities UK International (UUKi) advance partnership for undergraduate internship program

06/17/2020

Although this is an uncertain time for research mobility, UUKi and Mitacs remain committed to their established partnership that provides opportunities for international research exchanges. The Globalink Research Internship program offers UK undergraduate students the opportunity to take part in research internships in Canada.

Despite the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mitacs and UUKi have committed to continuing to prioritize international research collaboration and research mobility. The renewed partnership demonstrates this priority by doubling the number of places available to UK undergraduate students from 20 to 40 for summer 2021.

As well as continuing to strengthen the UK-Canada bilateral relationship — and strengthening links between UK and Canadian institutions — the program gives successful students the opportunity to carry out a 12-week, fully supervised research project in addition to creating professional development and relationship-building opportunities.

UK universities are currently invited by UUKi to submit expressions of interest to co-fund up to 40 places for students to participate, with internships commencing in summer 2021. Interested universities can contact Sophie Da Silva, Partnerships Officer at UUKi, for further information: sophie.dasilva@international.ac.uk.

Quotes:

John Hepburn, CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs

“Mitacs is delighted to renew and further advance its partnership with UUKi. We look forward to 2021 and welcoming an additional number of undergraduate students from the United Kingdom to advance their research knowledge in Canada through this summer exchange program. The commitment and dedication of both Mitacs and UUKi to providing opportunities to young researchers as a means of rebuilding momentum in international exchange is an essential investment in finding solutions to the challenges that will face our world tomorrow.”

Vivienne Stern, Director, UUKi

“UUKi is delighted to continue to work with Mitacs to increase opportunities for students to boost their graduate outcomes through this exciting mobility scheme. We are very pleased to continue to promote the value of outward mobility and international collaboration for undergraduate students, as well as to strengthen the UK’s partnerships with Canadian institutions.”

About Universities UK International

Universities UK International (UUKi) represents UK higher education institutions (HEIs) globally and helps them flourish internationally. To do this, it actively promotes UK HEIs abroad, provides trusted information for and about them, and creates new opportunities through its unique ability to act at sector level. It draws on UK university expertise to influence policy in the UK and overseas, delivering information, advice and guidance to facilitate mutually beneficial collaboration between UK HEIs and a broad range of international partners.

international.ac.uk @UUKIntl

About Mitacs

Mitacs is a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada by solving business challenges with research solutions from academic institutions. Mitacs is funded by the Government of Canada, provincial governments, academic institutions, and industry partners.

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