The University has a wide variety of relationships with Chinese research institutions. Over the past few years, the Office of Vice-President, Research has established contacts with universities, municipal governments and investors. Some of our key partners in China are:
Chinese Academy of Sciences
The University of Ottawa has a strong partnership with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), with which we signed an agreement in 2005. This agreement rapidly expanded from obstetrics to systems biology, photonics, fish biology, social sciences, and many other key areas of knowledge.
In September 2015, on the tenth anniversary of the partnership, uOttawa and CAS signed four new Memoranda of Understanding, and also inaugurated a joint hydrobiology lab and a joint research centre. On this occasion, the University granted Bai Chunli, President of the Academy, an honorary doctorate in recognition of his distinguished career.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
In October 2013, the University of Ottawa and SJTU launched the Ottawa–Shanghai Joint School of Medicine, which provides joint medical training and awards the first-ever North American M.D. degree in China. In September 2015, uOttawa welcomed the first group of Chinese medical students from SJTU. In October 2015, the Joint School of Medicine opened the first Canadian-style family physician clinic in China. To support the Joint School of Medicine's on-going research activities in medicine and medical education, uOttawa and SJTU set up a significant research fund.
Central China Normal University
The University of Ottawa and Central China Normal University (also known as Huazhong Normal University) have developed a strong partnership in chemistry, and a Memorandum of Understanding, signed in 2014, formalized the existing research collaborations in organic chemistry and catalysis. This agreement guarantees researcher mobility, helps obtain external funding, and ensures that both institutions will hold annual symposia in alternate years. It also establishes the CCNU–uOttawa Joint Research Centre on Synthesis and Catalysis, with the aim of facilitating research into visible light photoredox catalysis and animation reactions.