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University of Toronto and the Middle East

  • U of T enjoys a rich history of engagement and collaboration in the Middle East. Ongoing activities include faculty to faculty research collaboration, academic programming and student exchange. In terms of co-authored publications, U of T collaborates regularly with institutions across the region, including Tel Aviv University, Ankara University, and King Saud University in the fields of medicine, biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology, computer science and materials science. U of T’s partnerships in the Middle East, academic and beyond, continue to expand in number and depth, ranging from links with institutions like Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Istanbul Technical University (see Partnership Highlights). U of T also has a long tradition of sending students to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Rothberg International School. U of T’s engagement in the Middle East is guided in part by the President’s International Councils on the Middle East and North Africa, and Israel, which are comprised of U of T faculty with regional expertise.

    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.   

  • Across the University of Toronto community, staff and students engage in collaborative work with many institutions in the Middle East. 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.

    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    U of T enjoys a long-standing and robust partnership with The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Hebrew U). U of T and Hebrew U have collaborated on over 200 joint publications. Those publications involved over 200 distinct Hebrew U scientists and generated, on average, over 40 citations per paper. Hebrew U is also the primary destination for U of T students looking to study abroad in Israel with nearly 200 U of T undergraduate and graduate students having made the journey there over the last 5 years.

    Building on this record of abundant collaboration and enthusiastic mobility, in 2020, U of T and Hebrew U established a research & training alliance to support graduate and postdoctoral research projects. These alliances potentially cover all disciplines across the two campuses and endeavour to build cohesive research clusters around themes of common and/or complementary focus.

    For U of T faculty members interested in funding opportunities for research collaborations with institutions in the Middle East, 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 Middle East please visit the U of T in the World tab on the U of T Global homepage 

Degree students

(Fall 2019)

Student mobility

Inbound & Outbound


(May 2020)

Joint publications