Partnership with Hong Kong to support research, training, and knowledge-sharing

First Mitacs–The Hong Kong Polytechnic University collaboration creates 60 research internships in Canada

Vancouver, BC — Mitacs and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) have signed an agreement that creates research exchange opportunities in Canadian universities for 60 senior undergraduate students. The partnership supports Mitacs’s commitment to foster international connections, which enhance research quality, create training opportunities, and build knowledge networks. 

Starting in the summer of 2022 through 2024, up to 20 PolyU students will have the opportunity to join the annual cohort of the Globalink Research Internship (GRI) program. Interns will travel to Canada to undertake 12-week research projects in their areas of interest. They will count on the supervision of a professor in a Canadian university and will be invited to take professional skills training workshops provided by Mitacs. 


Ir Professor Ben Young, Vice President (Student and International Affairs), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University 

“PolyU is delighted to partner with Mitacs through the GRI program. Our students are very often encouraged to demonstrate an enthusiasm for research and intellectual curiosity during their studies here, and this summer research internship at Canadian institutions offers that excellent opportunity with funding support for them to acquire valuable hands-on research skills as well as to gain international experience. I look forward to seeing the first batch of PolyU students participating in the program next summer and hearing their exciting research projects upon return.” 

Dr. John Hepburn, CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs 

“Mitacs is pleased to embark on our first partnership with The Hong Kong Polytechnic University as we work to build meaningful international networks. These connections not only support Canadian innovation, but also are important opportunities for PolyU students to develop skills and competencies that will help them succeed. We thank our federal, provincial, and territorial funders in Canada for supporting us in fuelling research collaborations.” 

About PolyU: 

  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is a home for educating thinkers, discoverers, innovators and communicators in delivering positive impact. We are committed to nurturing tomorrow’s leaders today, through a holistic education that provides graduates unrivaled placements to thrive in communities, industries, and businesses. 
  • We strive in inter-disciplinary research and impactful innovations to address real-world challenges. Our researchers are developing breakthrough ideas, fostering sustainability, lifting economic outcomes and improving communities’ lives for the benefit of Hong Kong, the nation and the world. 

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 along with 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.