Europe is a hub of research and student mobility activity for U of T. European countries are among U of T’s top collaborators by number of co-authored publications, including the United Kingdom which is U of T’s 2nd largest partner in the world. Top areas for joint publication include medicine, astronomy and physics, biochemistry, earth and planetary sciences, and neuroscience. U of T faculty members have several active research collaborations with a range of international partners in Europe, including CNRS, University College London, and University of Manchester (see Partnership Highlights). Our exchange partnerships with Sciences Po, King’s College London, Goethe-Institut, ETH Zurich, and the University of Copenhagen are among the most active at U of T. Global learning opportunities are facilitated by joint degree programs with Sciences Po, Hertie School of Governance and Bocconi University. U of T’s engagement in Europe is guided in part by both the International Leadership Council, comprised of U of T alumni in Europe and the President’s International Council, comprised of U of T faculty with expertise in the region.
Please note: The regional 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.
Across the University of Toronto community, staff and students engage in collaborative work with many European institutions. 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.
University College London
UCL and U of T have a Strategic Global Partnership, which has been fostered since 2014. This partnership is built on shared interests and strengths in city-building and health sciences and a similar philosophy underlining their approach to internationalization. UCL and U of T have deepened its partnership through multiple centrally-funded activities, including: joint calls for teaching/research proposals, joint research workshops on affordable housing and AI, and graduate exchanges in child health. Both institutions have a commitment to contributing solutions to the many complex, global challenges we face today through various international fora.
The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
In 2016, U of T and CNRS signed a four year agreement to foster scientific collaboration and research exchange. Both institutions have provided funding to support several projects a year in a wide range of disciplines, including biology, religion, mineral engineering, communication & culture, environmental sciences and health policy. CNRS and U of T are jointly supporting a cluster of researchers from various institutions undertaking a comparative global study of Islam and the politics of secularism. U of T and CNRS are both committed to providing opportunities for PhD students to participate in global research opportunities.
University of Manchester
The partnership between U of T and the University of Manchester is built on similarities at the institutional level, like a commitment to internationalization and linkages to health networks and industry partners. It is supported by linkages at the city level as well, including linguistically diverse and multicultural populations, a commitment to foster innovation and creativity as recognized by inclusion in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, and a commitment to urban sustainability. U of T and UoM have contributed matching funds to support collaborative research initiatives in areas of mutual strength and shared interest. These areas include cancer, cities, biomaterials, and quantum technology.
For U of T faculty members interested in funding opportunities for research collaborations with European 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 Europe please visit the U of T in the World tab on the U of T Global homepage