Undergrad students to build bridges between B.C. and India

Undergrad students to build bridges between B.C. and India
New Globalink pilot program offers B.C. research opportunities to math sciences and biotechnology students from India

Vancouver, B.C., December 2, 2008 – B.C. and India are forging research links through a new program that will bring 15 of India’s top science and engineering undergraduates to the province in the summer of 2009 to undertake a three-month research internship, in partnership with a B.C. company, at a British Columbia university.

Globalink will be coordinated by MITACS, a national mathematical sciences research network that specializes in solving problems of key importance to Canadian society. The program aims to better connect B.C.’s research community with its counterparts in India.

“Both British Columbia and India have innovation as a priority,” said Dr. Arvind Gupta, CEO and Scientific Director of MITACS. “Globalink will combine the research excellence from major Indian and B.C. universities with the high-tech and biotech industry sectors, ensuring that both India and B.C. will be at the forefront of global research and development.” 

Globalink is being funded by International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada and the Ministry of Technology, Trade and Economic Development of the Government of British Columbia in partnership with the Department of Biotechnology of the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology.

“Hundreds of B.C. graduate students have already completed successful internships, gaining practical experience and helping industry find innovative solutions,” said Ida Chong, Minister of Technology, Trade and Economic Development. “This Globalink partnership will further our science and engineering research goals while building relationships between B.C. and India for the future.”

“Talent exchange will build a strong foundation for the Canada-India science and technology cooperation,” said Dr. Henri Rothschild, President and CEO of ISTPCanada.

MITACS – Making Research Count
MITACS (www.mitacs.ca) is a Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) for the mathematical sciences hosted by Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. The only Canadian organization of its kind, it focuses on developing mathematical solutions in five of the economy’s fastest growing sectors: biomedical and health, environment and natural resources, information processing, risk and finance and communication, networks and security. Each MITACS research project partners academic scientists and their graduate students from universities across the country with Canadian organizations. For more information about ACCELERATE Canada, Canada’s Graduate Research Internship Program, visit www.acceleratecanada.ca.

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Megan Airton, MITACS



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