Mitacs and the China Scholarship Council expand relationship

Vancouver, BC— Mitacs, a Canadian not-for-profit research and training organization, and the China Scholarship Council (CSC), have renewed a partnership agreement to support international research opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.

Canadian universities will benefit from increased international connections and opportunities to recruit top international talent, enhancing global knowledge networks, and promoting bilateral trade. Through Mitacs’ Globalink program, the five-year partnership will provide several opportunities for bilateral student mobility:

  • Up to 200 Canadian senior undergraduate and graduate students to travel to China per year for research exchanges at universities.
  • Up to 200 Chinese senior undergraduates to travel to Canada per year for 12-week research internships at universities across the country.
  • Up to 10 Chinese postdocs to travel to Canada for 12- to 24-month fellowships at Canadian universities through a pilot initiative.


Alejandro Adem, Chief Executive Officer and Scientific Director, Mitacs

“Our agreement with the CSC will provide Canadian faculty and universities new opportunities to benefit from students’ international perspectives, while showing young researchers the breadth of Canadian research opportunities available. This partnership signifies Canada’s and China’s shared commitment to talent development and economic growth.”

Liu Jinghui, Secretary General, China Scholarship Council

“The MOU marks a milestone in the collaboration between the CSC and Mitacs which aims to jointly develop higher education and talent pool around China and Canada. International student and scholar mobility plays a critical role in the global knowledge economy, and in the communication between the two countries. I’m confident that students will also draw benefits from the global experience.”

Chen Qiu, 2016 Globalink intern, Wuhan University

“Mitacs Globalink offers students a great opportunity. My internship gave me exposure to new research that I would not have had otherwise.”

Quick facts:

  • This new agreement follows a 2013 cooperation agreement between the CSC and Mitacs. Over the last three years, over 600 students have travelled from China to Canada for Mitacs’ research internships.
  • Within Canada, Mitacs works with 60 universities, over 6,000 companies, and federal and provincial governments, building partnerships that support industrial and social innovation.
  • The China Scholarship Council (the CSC), is a legally recognized non-profit institution affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education. In accordance with the law, statutes and relevant principles and policies of China, the CSC provides financial assistance for Chinese citizens to study aboard and foreign citizens to study in China.