Mitacs–Korea Aerospace University agreement strengthens university research collaborations between South Korea and Canada

First agreement between Mitacs and Korea Aerospace University will bring interns to Canada

Vancouver, BC — Mitacs and the Korea Aerospace University (KAU) signed a five-year agreement today to create opportunities for South Korean undergraduates to undertake advanced research projects in Canada. This first agreement between Mitacs and KAU will strengthen international research collaborations between higher education institutions in the two countries.

This agreement represents some of the first Mitacs Globalink Research Internship opportunities with South Korea.

The partnership will help recruit high-calibre senior undergraduate students to Canadian academic institutions through a new five-year Globalink Research Internship agreement. Participants from South Korea will travel to Canada starting in 2023. Students will spend 12 weeks (between May and October) in Canada on a research project in their area of interest, under the supervision of a professor.

Students will also have opportunities to take part in professional training in areas such as project management and entrepreneurship; interact with companies of interest; and enjoy cultural, social, and recreational experiences in Canada.

Details about the application process for students interested in the Mitacs-KAU collaboration will be released soon. More information about the Globalink Research Internship can be found on the program’s page. If you have immediate questions, please reach out to

Dr. John Hepburn, CEO, Mitacs

“This new Globalink Research Internship agreement is about building and strengthening research and innovation networks between our two countries. Connecting research teams and providing development opportunities to promising young researchers are important ways of fuelling innovation and driving growth as our economies start to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. The benefits of this investment, for both South Korea and Canada, will continue long after the duration of the internships themselves.”


Dr. HeeYoung Hurr, President, Korea Aerospace University

“We are truly excited to partner with Mitacs to have opportunities for research collaborations with Canadian universities. As a leading research university focusing on aviation and aerospace in Korea, we firmly believe that our collaborative research efforts will lead to a smart future with new possibilities. We hope this agreement will be a stepping stone to a stronger relationship between the Korean and the Canadian research communities.”

About Korea Aerospace University:
Korea Aerospace University (KAU) is a private research university specializing in aviation and aerospace based in South Korea. KAU has fostered professionals and experts who have led the aviation and aerospace industry of Korea since its establishment in 1952. As such, the history of KAU is regarded as synonymous with that of Korea’s aviation industry. KAU currently provides high quality global education for undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students. This year (2022) marks KAU’s 70th Anniversary.
About Mitacs:

  • Mitacs is a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada by solving business challenges with research solutions from the best academic institutions in the world.
  • Mitacs is funded by the Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, Research Manitoba, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, Innovation PEI, the Government of Quebec, the Government of Saskatchewan, and the Government of Yukon.