The University of Toronto and the University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh) are actively engaged at both the researcher-to-researcher and institutional levels. Edinburgh, a member of the United Kingdom’s Russell Group, and the University of Toronto have a strategic research partnership in place. Areas where collaboration is particularly robust include regenerative medicine, sport and healthy active living, digital humanities, and condensed matter physics. There is also a strong student exchange relationship between the two institutions.
Please note: The country and institutional pages 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.
- U of T’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education and Edinburgh’s Academy of Sport have a well-established and fruitful collaboration. Focus areas include big sporting events and their legacies, and healthy cities. The Edinburgh-Toronto public lecture and seminar series was established to invite speakers who have contributed to research, debate and dialogue about sport, physical activity, kinesiology, exercise sciences and physical education. Recent topics addressed by U of T speakers in the series include Canadian sport policy, multiculturalism, physical culture, gender audits, and Olympic Games.
- The Jackman Humanities Institute at U of T (JHI) actively collaborates with Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH). Both JHI and IASH are members of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes, a network of over 170 organizations in 23 countries that discuss cross-disciplinary issues in the humanities. Collaboration is particularly promising between the two institutes in the area of digital humanities, where digitization and data analytics are transforming research agendas.
- Dynamic collaboration in medicine includes regenerative medicine and cardiovascular research. For example, in 2009 researchers from U of T and Edinburgh’s Centre for Regenerative Medicine made a remarkable breakthrough by safely transplanting stem cells made from human skin cells into humans without the use of viruses. This was a ground-breaking step toward the practical use of reprogrammed cells in medicine.
- U of T Mississauga’s Department of Visual Studies has identified Edinburgh as one of 4 priority partners for its students, encouraging them to take advantage of a rich course offering available at Edinburgh’s College of Art .
- Edinburgh is, likewise, one of three select partners for student exchange in English programs through U of T Mississauga’s English & Drama Department.
- Edinburgh is a student exchange partner of U of T’s. U of T’s Centre for International Experience offers exchange opportunities for the fall and winter terms.