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University of Toronto and Africa

  • Many U of T faculty are engaged in research and scholarship in Africa and with African institutions and scholars. Ongoing activities in the region include academic programming, faculty to faculty research collaborations and capacity building projects. The top research areas for joint publications are medicine, biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology, social sciences, and agricultural and biological sciences. U of T faculty members have active research collaborations with a range of universities including Stellenbosch University and Addis Ababa University (AAU), U of T’s partner in the Toronto-Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration Program (see Partnership Highlights). U of T is also a proud partner of the Mastercard Foundation, which allows students from Sub-Saharan Africa whose talent and promise exceed their financial resources to complete their education. U of T students have the opportunity to participate in global learning experiences in Africa through Woodsworth College’s Summer Abroad program in South Africa. U of T’s engagement with Africa is guided in part by the President’s International Council on the Engagement with Africa, comprised of current U of T faculty with expertise in the region.

    Please note: The country and institutional pages of this website provide but a sampling of the rich and deep relationships that the U of T community enjoys with many countries, institutions and communities around the world.

  • Across the University of Toronto community, staff and students engage in collaborative work with many institutions in Africa. The below highlights the ones with which we currently have a strategic, institutional partnership that includes joint funding and programmatic opportunities. U of T, through the Office of the Vice-President, International, builds institutional partnerships with peer institutions where there is evidence of strong, existing faculty-to-faculty engagement and collaboration already in place.

    Addis Ababa University (AAU)

    The Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration (TAAAC) was founded in 2003 in partnership between U of T and AAU. The multidisciplinary program was founded to assist, and strengthen capacity and sustainability for medical, engineering, social sciences and other academic and technological graduate training programs that currently number over 20 disciplines. Under the leadership and guidance of AAU faculty, U of T volunteers teach, supervise graduate students, provide clinical supervision and teach technical skills.  Once trained, the new AAU graduates are hired and expand faculties at AAU and new universities to take on responsibilities so each program becomes capable of replicating themselves. Since its inception, joint publications involved 1,684 investigators at 507 institutions in 101 countries. To date TAAAC has assisted over 200 AAU graduate students to become specialists.

    MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

    Since 2013, U of T in partnership with the MasterCard Foundation, has provided full scholarships at the undergraduate level to talented, yet financially disadvantaged students from Sub-Saharan Africa. This fully comprehensive scholarship provides full financial assistance for tuition, travel expenses, housing, food, books and other learning materials and expenses for the duration of study. In addition to financial support, scholars are provided with a comprehensive support network to ensure academic success. To date, U of T has offered 69 scholarships to scholars from 11 countries. The goal of this program is to create a globally educated and highly qualified group of future leaders, who upon graduation, can return to Africa to help foster the region’s development.

    For U of T faculty members interested in funding opportunities for research collaborations with African institutions, please visit the International Partnerships tab on the U of T Global homepage  

    For U of T students interested in global learning opportunities in Africa please visit the U of T in the World tab on the U of T Global homepage 

Degree students

631
(Fall 2019)

Student mobility

N/A

Alumni

1,038
(April 2020)

Joint publications

2,678
(2014-2019)