U of T’s engagement with Tel Aviv University is both deep and expanding. In the research space, U of T is one of Tel Aviv University (TAU)’s top 5 international partners for jointly published papers, and TAU is U of T’s top partner in Israel. Within medical research, U of T is TAU’s third largest university partner internationally, and TAU is U of T’s largest partner in Israel. Especially active areas of collaboration include physics, astronomy, pediatrics, oncology, and neurology, with further engagement being explored in biomedical engineering and computer science. TAU and U of T are, moreover, both home to vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems, positioning the two institutions as leaders in patent filings and spin-offs in North America and Israel, respectively. Both are uniquely positioned through expertise in brain science, imaging, oncology, stem cells, and clean technology to respond to pressing global challenges.
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- U of T and TAU’s long-standing partnership encompasses student exchange and, more recently, an arrangement to foster and promote research collaborations between the two universities. This includes the funding of select projects and co-hosting of symposia and conferences. The first joint conference under the agreement, which focused on bio-imaging, was held in Toronto in May 2015.
- The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at U of T collaborates on a large project on violence, boycotts, and anti-Semitism with the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism and Racism at TAU. This project is in collaboration with the Pears Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism at Brikbeck College at University of London and the Central European University, Budapest.
- In 2014, Professor Peter St. George-Hyslop, Director of U of T’s Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases, was awarded the Dan David Prize, a joint international enterprise endowed by the Dan David Foundation and headquartered at TAU. The prize recognizes and encourages innovative and interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms.
- In 2011, Professor Gregory Scholes of U of T’s Department of Chemistry was honoured with a Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in Physical Sciences. TAU awards the Sackler Prizes every two years to outstanding young scientists in recognition of dedication to science, originality and excellence.
- The Coburn Award is offered to undergraduate U of T students in the Fine Arts and Humanities to study at TAU or The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The award of up to $20,000 is intended to cover travel expenses, tuition and accommodation for a year.
- The Centre for International Experience offers exchange opportunities to U of T students for the fall and winter terms with TAU.