U of T enjoys a long-standing and robust partnership with The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Hebrew U). Collaborations with Hebrew U range from research in cancer and neurodegenerative diseases to cooperation through student exchange. Strong connections also exist in social work, biomedical sciences, environmental science, international relations, and entrepreneurship. By the number of co-authored research publications, U of T is Hebrew U’s 4th largest international partner and its second-largest university partner internationally in medical sciences. For U of T, in turn, Hebrew U is the second largest university partner in medical sciences in Israel. The two institutions also share student mobility agreements – which, for students at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, include a long tradition of study at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Rothberg International School.
Please note: The country and institutional pages of this website provide but a sampling of the rich and deep relationships that the U of T community enjoys with many countries, institutions and communities around the world.
For many years, the U of T community has benefitted greatly from the generosity of the Canadian Friends of Hebrew University (CFHU) which, in partnership with U of T’s Faculty of Arts & Science, has established a permanent endowment fund to promote innovative programs, courses and initiatives that support student activities involving Hebrew U.
CFHU also helped to establish the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada at Hebrew U to conduct research on genes and proteins that control basic processes in living cells. One of U of T’s affiliated hospitals, Toronto Western Hospital, is a partner organization jointly exploring techniques to treat and prevent Parkinson’s disease. CFHU members have helped fundraise for joint projects between researchers at U of T and Hebrew U.
- The Halbert Exchange Program for faculty and students in social sciences, humanities, education and law is designed to foster and support collaborative research networks between faculty and students from U of T and Hebrew U.
- The Coburn Award is offered to undergraduate U of T students in the Fine Arts and Humanities to study at Hebrew U or Tel Aviv University. The award of up to $20,000 is intended to cover travel expenses, tuition and accommodation for a year.
- The InnovNation program seeks to spark innovation worldwide by exposing students, professionals and entrepreneurs from all over the globe to Israel’s renowned innovation ecosystem. The program spurs entrepreneurial spirit in students through lectures, meetings and site visits that combine theoretical know-how with insights and first-hand experience of Israel’s top innovative companies and entrepreneurs.
- The Conflict Resolution Program offers students from U of T’s Peace, Conflict and Justice Program an opportunity to further their learning by living and studying in Israel and engaging stakeholders in the region.
- The Transboundary Water Cooperation Program teaches students about the technological, legal and institutional mechanisms to resolve water issues in the region and beyond, in light of the growing competition for this resource among theagricultural, industrial, environmental and urban sectors.
- The Desert Ecologies of Israel program introduces students to Israel’s desert ecosystems. Through a combination of class lectures and field studies, students become familiar with the physical conditions, topography and ongoing changes in Israel’s deserts.
- The Jerusalem-Toronto Bio-Innovation Partnership, a new initiative, will soon provide support to students in engineering, biology, and computer science to conduct research in the partner country over a 12-week period. An intensive 8-week educational program – the Transdisciplinary Innovation Program – that weaves together computer vision, big data, and bioengineering will also be offered to U of T students. It will include interaction with Nobel laureates, work under the mentorship of Israeli scientists and entrepreneurs, and the opportunity for students to pitch ideas to investors.
- U of T’s partnership with Hebrew U in biomedical sciences will also build on the strengths of the two institutions in the field by fostering exchange aimed at developing technological solutions to medical system needs. Faculty and student groups will soon be able to travel between the two countries to advance the collaboration, with a joint BioDesign program bringing together engineers, clinicians, and business and engineering students to share and create knowledge with tangible impact.
- Full-time graduate students at U of T’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and Hebrew U’s Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare will soon be able to spend 1 to 2 academic sessions on exchange at the partner university and, in the case of U of T students, also participate in experiential learning via practicum placements during their coursework in Israel.
- The Centre for International Experience offers exchange opportunities to U of T students for the summer, fall and winter terms with Hebrew U.