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The University of Toronto and Peking University

  • The University of Toronto and Peking University (PKU) enjoy a longstanding partnership. Peking University is a leading research university and a member of the C9 League, an alliance of nine elite universities in China. U of T is PKU’s top collaborator in Canada and PKU is one of U of T’s top partners in China for joint publications.

    In December 2015, President Meric Gertler met with PKU President Lin Jianhua to celebrate the relationship and explore further opportunities for collaboration. There are a number of key collaborations between the two institutions, which bring the faculty and students together to work in cutting-edge areas of basic and applied research.

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

    • U of T and PKU work together on Medicine by Design, a new initiative at U of T, which received a historic $114 million federal grant to transform the design and manufacture of cells, tissues and organs that can be used to treat degenerative diseases.
    • The Ontario-China Stem Cell Research & Commercialization Partnership was launched in 2013. Spearheaded by the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine, of which U of T is a founding institution, the partnership seeks to revolutionize the treatment of degenerative diseases. China’s lead is from PKU, the Ontario team is led by a U of T faculty member, and U of T’s Centre for the Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine brings together key regenerative medicine partners from its industry consortium.
    • The Graduate School of Education at PKU was a research partner in a project entitled “China’s Move to Higher Education: Implications for Civil Society and Global Cultural Dialogue,” at U of T’s Ontario Institute for Education and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The project provided a detailed empirical analysis of China’s move from an elite system with about 5 million students to a mass higher education system with 30 million students in less than a decade. The study also explored the kinds of cultural leadership Chinese universities will bring to the global community.
    • The long-standing relationship between PKU and U of T’s Department of Molecular Genetics at the Faculty of Medicine has led to highly productive exchanges such as symposia and research opportunities for undergraduate students.
    • In December 2014, an agreement was signed to establish an International Undergraduate Summer Student Research Program with PKU’s School of Life Sciences. PKU covers the cost of airfare for their students and U of T provides the students with a weekly stipend.
    • The Global Educational Exchange (Globex) program at the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at U of T’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering is an initiative for exchange and research collaboration with the College of Engineering at PKU. Globex is an educational summit with faculty and students from U of T, Stanford, Duke, Cambridge, Delaware, National University of Singapore, and others, congregating at PKU to teach/take courses for credit from other top universities while gaining cultural and international experience.
    • Cross-Cultural Capstone Design is a fourth-year course requirement at U of T’s Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering where students apply their disciplinary knowledge and skills to real-life engineering challenges provided by companies such as GM, Bombardier, Litens and Siemens. A total of 7 projects from U of T and PKU are included in the cross-cultural branch of the program, where a project is shared between the partner universities. Students from PKU and U of T visit each other’s institutions to present their projects.
    • PKU and U of T are student exchange partners. The Centre for International Experience offers exchange opportunities to U of T students for the summer, fall and winter term with PKU.