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University of Toronto and Brazil

  • U of T has strong ties to Brazil including its robust partnerships with the University of São Paulo (USP) and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). From student and faculty mobility to dynamic research, U of T and Brazil are collaborating across many disciplines such as nanotechnology, materials science, ICT, biotechnology, and renewable energy. U of T’s joint research output with Brazilian institutions sharply increased between 2010 and 2015 with the number of joint publications growing 150%. During that period, U of T focused on increasing student mobility with Brazil and became the world’s #1 destination for Ciência sem Fronteiras undergraduate students.

    • U of T’s Faculty of Medicine and the University of São Paulo Faculty of Medicine (FMUSP) are strategically partners in education, planning and performance indicators. Both faculties also received funding through the Canada-Brazil Awards – Joint Research Projects for bipolar disorder. More broadly, U of T’s Faculty of Medicine is involved with Brazil in research collaboration, health systems and curricular reform. The Department of Family and Community Medicine has been involved in training primary health care teams in Brazil since 1995.
    • Professor Mohini Sain, Dean of U of T’s Faculty of Forestry received funding through the Canada-Brazil Awards – Joint Research Projects for the creation of next-generation bio-nanocomposites and new, transformative materials in collaboration with Brazilian and Canadian colleagues. This research focuses on synergies between two important sectors in both countries – biomass utilization and the automotive sector.
    • U of T’s Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing (LSBFN) is actively involved with Brazil in Primary Health Care (PHC). LSBFN and the Federal University of Acre (UFAC) partner with several other Brazilian institutions to advance leadership in nursing education.
    • U of T works with the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), along with Oxford University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in the Structural Genomics Consortium. This consortium is a public-private partnership that supports the discovery of new medicines through open access research. The São Paulo Research Foundation and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation are among the government agencies involved.
    • U of T was the world’s #1 destination for Ciência sem Fronteiras. Currently on hold, Ciência sem Fronteiras (CsF; Science without Borders) is a remarkable government scholarship program that seeks to strengthen and expand the initiatives of science, technology, innovation and competitiveness through undergraduate and graduate student exchange and researcher mobility.
    • U of T has successfully participated in many bilaterally funded projects through the Canada-Brazil Awards Joint Research Projects – an initiative under a Memorandum of Understanding between Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES, a foundation within the Brazilian Ministry of Education) and Global Affairs Canada (formerly DFATD). Examples include projects exploring Bipolar Disorder, and Bio-Nanomaterials & Industrial Bioproducts.
    • For undergraduate student mobility, the Centre for International Experience offers information and resources on opportunities, eligibility among others for inbound and outbound exchange programs.


Degree students

(Fall 2015)

Student mobility

Inbound & Outbound


(Jul. 2016)

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