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University of Toronto and Israel

  • Canada and Israel enjoy a rich history of engagement and collaboration in higher education; nowhere is this more evident than in the U of T experience. In terms of co-authored publications, the University is among the top 5 research partners globally for many of Israel’s leading universities. U of T’s partnerships, academic and beyond, continue to expand in number and depth, ranging from links with institutions like The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Hebrew U), Tel Aviv University (TAU), and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (Technion), to organizations like Start-Up Nation Central. The University is actively engaged in developing opportunities to scale ongoing faculty-to-faculty cooperation, build new collaborative academic programs, enhance student and faculty mobility, and increase ties between the two countries’ innovation ecosystems. Disciplines of focus for collaboration span the medical sciences, computational and data sciences, environmental sciences, international relations, social work, and entrepreneurship.

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

    • U of T’s partnership with Hebrew U encompasses cooperation ranging from research in cancer and neurodegenerative diseases to student exchange. Both institutions are collaborating actively across the medical sciences, social work, environmental science, international relations, and entrepreneurship. To learn more, see the U of T – Hebrew University webpage.
    • The partnership between U of T and TAU includes student exchange and research collaboration, with areas of cooperation spanning the fields of physics, astronomy, pediatrics, oncology, and neurology. Further engagement is being explored in biomedical engineering and computer science. To learn more, see the U of T – Tel Aviv University webpage.
    • Collaboration in the medical sciences and engineering lies at the heart of U of T’s cooperation with Technion. The institutions are inaugural partners under U of T’s historic Medicine by Design Initiative, which aims to undertake transformative research and clinical translation in regenerative medicine.
    • The Canada International Scientific Exchange Program (CISEPO), based at Mount Sinai Hospital and U of T, aims to contribute to peace-building in the Middle East through academic and scientific exchanges among universities and medical centres by fostering cooperative multilateral projects. Through its International Pediatric Emergency Medicine Elective program, U of T’s Faculty of Medicine (Undergraduate Medical Education) has a priority partnership with CISEPO, through which it is able to bring together medical students from Canada, Israel and other parts of the Middle East to work and learn together.
    • U of T is partnering with Start-Up Nation Central, an independent, non-profit organization that facilitates collaboration between corporate, government and academic leaders from around the world with Israeli innovation, in view of providing reciprocal exposure to the Canadian and Israeli entrepreneurial ecosystems. The initiative will connect U of T with the Israeli ecosystem to assist companies in identifying collaboration partners, match U of T faculty with Israeli start-ups for potential advisory or board roles, and link up U of T students with internship opportunities at Israeli companies.
    • Made possible with the assistance of Global Affairs Canada, the Canada-Israel Innovation Initiative for Student Mobility is designed to enable graduate and senior undergraduate Israeli students to conduct research at U of T. Benefitting from awards of up to CAD 10,000, students in Engineering, Medicine, Business, and Global Affairs from recognized post-secondary institutions in Israel have the opportunity to undertake research projects at U of T over periods of 3-6 months, under the joint supervision of professors from their home and host institutions.
    • U of T’s Victoria University offers the Coburn Award, which provides funding towards a year of study at Tel Aviv University or The Hebrew University of Jerusalem for a student in the Humanities or Fine Arts.
    • The Faculty of Social Work provides the Simon Family Scholarship to its Masters in Social Work students to participate in an exchange program with the School of Social Work at Israel’s Haifa University.
    • The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Chair of Israeli Studies at U of T’s Department of Political Science provides leadership in the study of modern Israeli politics and society in North America.
    • U of T has one of the best and most comprehensive Jewish Studies programs in North America, housed at the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies. Centre faculty offer courses in numerous disciplines, including archaeology, art, history, languages, literature, performance, philosophy, political science, religion, and sociology.
    • For opportunities specific to The Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, or Technion Institute of Technology, please see the relevant institutional pages on this website.
    • The Centre for International Experience offers information and resources on opportunities and eligibility for inbound and outbound exchange programs.

Degree students

(Fall 2015)

Student mobility

Inbound & Outbound


(Jul. 2016)

Joint publications

Co-authored Research