A word from the President and Vice-Chancellor and the Vice-President, Research

Allan RockAllan Rock
President and Vice-Chancellor

Knowledge diplomacy

At the University of Ottawa, we continually aspire to forge new alliances across disciplines, cultures and boundaries. Our doors are open to the world to broaden our collective knowledge and contribute to an increasingly connected and complex society.

We do this through a steadfast commitment to explore new research, roles and responsibilities that go beyond our borders. Enhancing the University’s international reputation has indeed become one of the four pillars of Destination 2020, our strategic plan to make the University of Ottawa a leading global institution.

What does this mean? It means ensuring our curricula continue to reflect international perspectives so that our graduates are ready for careers without geographical limitations. It also means recruiting the best students and professors from around the world, offering joint programs and degrees with leading universities elsewhere, and forming international research partnerships that will accelerate discovery through collaboration.

Our commitment to global engagement enables our students and researchers to tackle issues that affect us all. This is knowledge diplomacy at its best.



Mona NemerMona Nemer
Professor and Vice-President, Research

Beyond our borders

It is an undeniable reality that university research has become an international affair. In the pursuit of discoveries to improve our daily lives, researchers must increasingly share their expertise and facilities across borders and boundaries to remain innovative and competitive, not to mention keep research affordable.

Recognizing that the forces of globalization are heightening the scope, pace and importance of international research, University of Ottawa researchers continue to extend their reach by forming partnerships with fellow scholars around the world.

Whether establishing new connections with leading institutions abroad, creating exchange opportunities for students and faculty, or hosting foreign missions, our international research efforts are in high gear. In this issue of Research Perspectives, it is my pleasure to highlight just some of the global initiatives that are driving research excellence and preparing future leaders for a highly interdependent world. This collaborative research is not only increasing our institution’s visibility abroad, it is contributing to Canada’s honoured reputation for international cooperation while bringing home benefits to our economy and overall quality of life.

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