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University of Toronto and India

  • The University has strong, sustained linkages with India, through research, scholarship, entrepreneurshipand the students who currently study here from the region – the second largest national group of international students on the University’s three campuses. U of T faculty members have active research collaborations with leading universities in India. Top areas for joint publication include medicinebiochemistry, genetics and molecular biology, physics and astronomy, and engineering. Our engagement with the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay (IITB) is particularly robust, including student exchange, and targeted focus on urban issues (see Partnership Highlights). With the support of Tata Trusts, U of T will be launching the University of Toronto Centre in India to catalyze a wide range of mutual opportunitiesInitial foci will include urban issues and entrepreneurship. U of T’s engagement in thIndian Subcontinent is also guided in part by the President’s International Council, comprised of U of T faculty with expertise in the region.   

  • Across the University of Toronto community, staff and students engage in collaborative work with many institutions in the Indian Subcontinent. The below highlights the ones with which we currently have a strategic, institutional partnership that may include 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. 

    Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay 

    The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) is U of T’s institutional anchor partner in the region. As part of this sustained partnership, U of T and IITB have co-hosted roundtables on healthy, sustainable rural development and smart cities, bringing together academics from a variety of disciplines from public health and engineering to business and global affairs. U of T and IITB’s Society for Innovation and Partnership (SINE) are developing a new, shared entrepreneurship program for reciprocal soft-landing opportunities and cohort based, joint programming for entrepreneurs. The University of Toronto’s forthcoming Centre in India will actively engage with IITB through entrepreneurship but also through cooperative research on urban challenges, field work, and annual workshops.  

    Tata Trusts 

    With the support of Tata Trusts, one of India’s oldest philanthropic institutions, U of T is establishing an Indian entity, the University of Toronto Centre in IndiaThis Centre will catalyze a wide range of mutual opportunities, exchange ideas and expertise, translate academic research into high impact solutions for low resource settings, and address issues of socio-economic and environmental significance. The Centre will also include: 

    • the U of T School of Cities in India to establish a network of the most influential Indian and Canadian researchers on urban issues, leading to important insights into how to address critical urban challenges in India, and shape our cities for health and shared prosperity 
    • a U of T Entrepreneurship Centre to allow researchers and innovators in both countries to collaborate on joint research and gain advantages, such as knowledge sharing and market access. The Centre will strengthen ties between our innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems, creating an environment where new ideas can thrive 

    All activities and expenses are in India and for the benefit of India. 

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

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

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