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renewing global partnerships

Global partnerships bring fresh perspectives and help export homegrown knowledge.

In June 2013, McGill signed a tripartite agreement with the University of Oxford and the Neuroscience Center Zurich, with whom we have individually partnered since 2009 and 2010, respectively. The new three-prong partnership is designed to enhance interdisciplinary collaborations in neuroscience investigations of neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases, multiple sclerosis, cognition disorders and pain.

This past year also saw the University broaden its green chemistry and nanotechnology partnership with RIKEN, one of Japan’s largest research organizations, to include research in the life sciences. McGill also renewed its research partnership with Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science in cancer research, and signed new agreements with Tel-Aviv and Bar-Ilan universities. During the Quebec Premier’s economic and trade mission to Mexico, McGill signed a letter of intent to encourage student and researcher exchange with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. A new India Studies Chair, a joint creation of McGill and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, builds on longstanding research collaborations between McGill and partners in India on issues relating to areas including the arts and humanities, climate change and sustainable development, food and water security, health and social welfare and urban studies.

Studying abroad helps students enrich their education experience by engaging with new perspectives. This past year, McGill signed new student exchange agreements with seven universities, allowing McGill students to “swap” places with other students: