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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.

The University of Toronto has staff in mainland China through our Shanghai and Beijing Offices, which serve as a hub for U of T’s China initiatives with a mandate to build strong people-to-people ties as well as explore opportunities for growth and expansion of partnerships to support U of T’s objectives in China.

Our staff facilitate key relationships with government and related agencies, universities and access to resources and opportunities. Our staff provides local knowledge and through their work, we are able to build stronger academic, government and alumni collaborations and provide market intelligence to help further develop potential industry partnerships.

U of T also has an office in Hong Kong through our Hong Kong Foundation, which is primarily focused on alumni engagement and partnership building. Staff in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong work in close collaboration.

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