UQ and Canada

Growing people-to-people links

UQ has a long and proud tradition of cross-cultural exchange with Canada. With research collaboration, corporate partnership, and student exchange on the rise, UQ is working with Canada’s top institutions to find solutions to sustainable agriculture, affordable sanitation, regenerative medicine, and other significant world issues.  

Fast facts


Canadian students enrolled at UQ


Canada-UQ co-publications


academic staff born in Canada


research project collaborations


alumni in Canada


agreements with 11 official partners

Fast facts show full-year 2020 data.



Canada is ranked highly in the countries that co-publish with UQ. In the past 5 years, UQ has produced 2059 co-publications with Canadian researchers, largely in the areas of materials science, chemistry, electrical and electronic engineering, and multidisciplinary sciences. Our top co-publishing partners are the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, and McGill University.

Research collaborations

In the past 5 years, UQ has collaborated with 37 Canadian institutions - including the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto, and McGill University - on 78 research projects. Topics include early detection of lung cancer, improving the quality of care for people with dementia, and evaluating outcomes of collective action.

Research funding

Canadian organisations, including the Foundation CMG Industrial Chair in Onshore Gas Reservoir Modelling and the Energi Simulation, have contributed A$1,553,231 million  towards 30 research projects in the past 5 years. Projects cover a range of topics including the meaning of sport in the lives of older people, understanding the human brain, mine site rehabilitation, and transforming tall timber buildings.

Collaboration in action

Stopping rock slope failures in open pit mines

UQ engineers Professor David Williams and Dr Mehdi Serati are managing the Large Open Pit Project (LOP Phase II), which is an industry-sponsored, international research and technology transfer project supported by eight mining giants worldwide. Through the project, they are collaborating with Canadian researchers from the University of Alberta and University of British Columbia as well as one of the key sponsors, Barrick Gold Corporation. The sponsors funded the project with A$2.04 million to address critical gaps in the current understanding of rock slope failures and landslides in large open pit mines worldwide. Expanded from LOP II into LOP III – Open Pit of the Future (2020-2022) with industry support from 10 expected international sponsors is underway.


Tech deal offers new hope for chemo patients

Patients at risk of life-threatening infections following chemotherapy could benefit from a new, cell-based treatment. UQ’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) has developed a method of producing a therapeutic dose of white blood cells in a transfusion bag, which can be administered to patients immediately after chemotherapy. The technology is based on research by AIBN Professor Lars Nielsen (pictured) and Dr Nick Timmins, formerly of UQ and now based at Canadian medical tech company, the Centre for Commercialisation of Regenerative Medicine (known as CCRM). It will now progress towards clinical trials following a licensing deal with CCRM negotiated by UQ commercialisation company UniQuest.

Building modern fire safe timber structures

UQ’s civil engineer Dr Cristian Maluk is the chief investigator collaborating with The University of British Columbia in the Future Timber Hub project aimed at transforming the timber industry. The hub targets and generates skills, knowledge, and resources to transform timber buildings in the Pacific region. Supported by the Australia Research Council, and interdisciplinary partnerships with UQ, including Queensland Fire and Emergency Services among others; New Zealand partners University of Canterbury and Scion.

The science of cows

UQ’s Centre for Animal Science Emeritus Professor Stephen Moore has led a range of successful bovine genomics collaborations with Canadian institutions, such as the University of Alberta, and Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. He has more than 20 years' experience in the field, and was the Chair of the University of Alberta’s (UoA's) Livestock Genetic Centre for 12 years. Now living in Queensland, Professor Moore maintains strong links with Canada, particularly researchers at UoA. Research collaboration continues to explore the genome architecture of cattle including tropically adapted cattle breeds in Australia. On retiring in July 2019, the expertise he brought to the Centre reflects UQ's commitment to support international livestock industries now and into the future.

Partnering to assist youth around the world

UQ’s Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) has a long history of collaboration with Canadian institutions. Through its Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CRSM), SMI researchers are working with the Ministry of Education in Burkina Faso, West Africa, to improve vocational and technical training for youth, particularly for girls. The project is implemented by the NGO Plan Burkina Faso, in close collaboration with Government departments, private sector stakeholders, and local communities. It is funded through Plan Canada by the Canadian Government, and Canadian mining company IAMGOLD, which operates the largest gold mine in the country, the Essakane mine.

Slowing the accumulation of greenhouse gases

UQ School of Earth and Environmental Sciences Prof Gordon Southam has strong ties to Canada. A Canadian-Australian, the former Canada Research Chair in Geomicrobiology and Director of Environment and Sustainability at Western University (Ontario) leads research into mineral carbonation (CO2 sequestration), the stabilisation of iron mine waste, and bioleaching of metals. Current carbonation research, with collaborators from The University of British Columbia, The University of Alberta and Trent University, is supported by the De Beers Group, that aims to bring carbon neutral mining to its diamond operations in South Africa and Canada. Prof Southam crosses the traditional boundaries between biological and geological sciences to enhance our understanding of the world and to promote sustainable mining activities.

Student mobility

Student exchange

Canada is the third most popular country for exchange behind the United Kingdom and the United States. We have student exchange agreements with 10 universities in Canada. The most popular institutions for exchange include McGill University, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Toronto. 

Master of Global Management

The Master of Global Management is designed to prepare graduates for an international business career. The program builds the skills and experience needed to become a business leader in today’s highly connected, multicultural world. The two-year postgraduate double degree is run in conjunction with UQ partner institution, Queen's University. Students spend the first year studying at UQ Business School, and the second year in Ontario at Queen's Smith School of Business.

Medical mobility

UQ has medical graduates in all Canadian provinces with a medical school, with the majority in Ontario. Queen’s University, along with the University of British Columbia, are also in the top 5 Canadian universities whose graduates have completed UQ’s medicine program. The steady stream of incoming and outgoing students between UQ and Canada’s top medical institutions is the result of a strong, mutually beneficial partnership strategy that allows UQ students to undertake placements at Queen’s University Canada and Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and through the General Practice Placements in Canada Program.

Research links from the undergraduate level

In August 2015, Universities Australia and Mitacs, a Canadian not-for-profit research and training organisation, signed an agreement to allow Australian undergraduate students to participate in Mitacs’ Globalink Research Internship program in Canada for the first time. UQ was one of nine Australian universities to support a student in the pilot program. In 2016, UQ supported Bachelor of Arts student Wendy Short to undertake an internship on projects related to medical anthropology, specifically gender and health care, in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Montreal. Bachelor of Commerce and Science student Timothy Good was selected for the 2017 round.


More than 1720 UQ alumni live in Canada and 2416 were born there. Alumni from or living in Canada include:

Speed skating Olympic gold medal winner representing Norway, and Founder of Right to Play (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery 2000). Born in Norway, based in Canada.
Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the University of Toronto (Bachelor of Economics (Hons), University Medalist 1989)
Chief Executive Officer at British Columbia (BC) Rugby (Bachelor of Business Management, Bachelor of Commerce 2005)
Executive Vice President at WestJet (Bachelor of Arts 1999, Bachelor of Economics 1994)
Christian Weedbrook Founder/CEO at Xanadu (Bachelor of Science 2004, PhD 2009)
CEO & Co-Founder at Eventbase Technology Inc. (Bachelor of Arts 1994)