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About the International Office

Internationalization is a significant priority for the University of Toronto as part of our overall academic mission. As President Gertler indicated in his November 2013 address, deepening, focusing and strengthening international partnerships is one of his three strategic priorities in order to enhance opportunities for faculty and students, and to encourage students to become global citizens.

The Office of the Vice-President, International (OVPI) engages with institutions in regions, countries and cities of strategic priority and leverages international opportunities for research, scholarship and mobility. By providing leadership on international initiatives, the Office develops and maintains key international partnerships.

In working towards the priority of internationalization, the Office engages in the following activities:

  1. Leads and coordinates a range of international activities to build and enhance the University’s international relationships;
  2. Promotes deeper engagement with key regions, countries and institutions;
  3. Facilitates international collaboration;
  4. Promotes U of T’s global profile and presence in key regions;
  5. Manages institutional international visits and plans outbound missions;
  6. Supports the integration of mobility, recruitment, research, academic programs, government and advancement/alumni and divisional initiatives; and
  7. Provides recommendations and models for international collaboration and partnerships.

The Office is led by Vice-President, International Joe Wong, Associate Vice-President, International Partnerships, Alex Mihailidis, and Executive Director, International, Gwen Burrows.

To find out more about the University’s international strategy, and some of the ways that our office supports faculty and staff across the university, please link to the below videos.  Each one is focussed on a different topic that has been part of the Office’s Let’s Talk International Partnerships Fireside Chats from October 2020 to the spring of 2021.  Note these videos are only accessible to members of the U of T community.

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