Canada and India partner to advance international research collaborations

Ottawa, ON— The Prime Minister of India, the Honourable Narendra Modi, identified education as one of the key areas of priority for bilateral engagement between Canada and India during his visit to Ottawa yesterday. During discussions with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, it was affirmed that cooperation in education should focus on greater student, faculty, and people-to-people exchanges. The Prime Ministers recognized the Mitacs Globalink program as a mechanism for bilateral research collaborations.

To support student mobility between Canadian universities and Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), Mitacs recently partnered with the Government of India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to launch the Mitacs Globalink Research Award – MHRD initiative.

The Mitacs Globalink Research Award – MHRD provides the opportunity for faculty members and graduate students at Canadian universities to build an international research network and undertake research abroad at seven IITs in India including:

  • IIT Bombay
  • IIT Guwahati
  • IIT Hyderbad
  • IIT Kanpur
  • IIT Kharagpur
  • IIT Gandhinagar
  • IIT Roorkee


Mitacs and MHRD strive to ensure that Globalink Research Award – MHRD India students have a high-quality research experience with internationally recognized professors who facilitate expanding their knowledge and provide hands-on training in their field of study. 

Quick facts:

  • India is a priority partner under Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan and International Education Strategy. Mitacs Globalink is a key element of the International Education Strategy, which was launched by Minister of International Trade Ed Fast on January 15, 2014.
  • Since 2009, Mitacs has matched over 1,000 international senior undergraduates with Canadian faculty through its Globalink initiative.
  • To further strengthen international research collaborations, Mitacs Globalink now offers two-way mobility opportunities between Canada and partner countries — China, Brazil, France, India, Mexico, Turkey, Vietnam — for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Within Canada, Mitacs has worked with 60 universities, over 6,000 companies, and federal and provincial governments, building partnerships that support industrial and social innovation.