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 2018 data.

UQ North America Office

Based in Washington D.C., the UQ North America Office interlinks research and academic partnerships, alumni and community engagement, and philanthropy.



Canada is ranked highly in the countries that co-publish with UQ. In the past 5 years, UQ has produced more than 2200 co-publications with Canadian researchers, largely in the areas of genetics and heredity, ecology, and multidisciplinary sciences. Our top co-publishing partners are the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, McGill University, the University of Montreal and the University of Alberta.

Research collaborations

In the past 5 years, UQ has collaborated with Canadian institutions - including the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto, the University of Ottawa and the University of Alberta - on 76 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 Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, the Douglas Hospital Research Centre and the Energi Simulation, have contributed over A$1.6 million  towards 27 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

Carinata fueling the future of aviation

UQ researchers are partnering with Agrisoma BioSciences (Agrisoma), a Canadian-based agricultural technology company and Qantas to develop Brassica carinata (carinata), an industrial type of mustard seed similar to canola but which is suitable for production of bio-jet fuel.  At the end of January 2018 Qantas flew one of their new Boeing 787 Dreamliners from Los Angeles to Melbourne using 10 per cent bio-jet fuel made from carinata.  In the 2018 winter season UQ researchers are growing carinata on UQ’s Gatton campus and across Australia’s cropping regions to develop varieties of carinata suitable for Australian conditions.

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.

Reinventing the toilet

UQ's School of Civil Engineering has partnered with the University of Toronto and Western University (Ontario) to bring sustainable sanitation to billions of people worldwide without access to safe and affordable toilet systems. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the group is working on an integrated sanitation process in which solid waste is treated via self-sustained smouldering combustion. The heat generated is used to dry solids and pasteurise liquids. The Reinvent the Toilet Challenge aims to create sanitation solutions that remove germs from human waste, operate off-grid, cost less than 5c per user per day, and promote financially profitable services that operate in poor urban settings.

The science of cows

UQ’s Centre for Animal Science Director Professor Stephen Moore has led a range of successful bovine genomics collaborations with Canadian institutions, most recently, 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. The expertise he brings to the Centre for Animal Science 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 Professor Gordon Southam has strong ties to Canada. The former Canada Research Chair in Geomicrobiology and Director of Environment and Sustainability at Western University (Ontario) leads research into mineral carbonation (CO2 sequestration), and has taken a lead role in a University of British Columbia-led project into accelerating carbon mineralisation in mine waste. Born in Canada, and a University of Guelph (Ontario) alumnus, Professor Southam crosses the traditional boundaries between biological and geological sciences. In North America, his field sites have ranged from Yellowstone National Park to the Canadian High Arctic.

Canadian students at UQ

Canadian students make up the 7th largest international cohort at UQ. In the past five years, more than 1050 Canadian students enrolled in UQ degrees. Medicine, Pharmacy, and Physiotherapy are the most popular program choices.

Video: Sunita Kashyap, from Canada, studies at the UQ Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence


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)
Annabel Kehoe
Chief Executive Officer at British Columbia (BC) Rugby (Bachelor of Business Management, Bachelor of Commerce 2005)