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 2023 data. 



Canada is ranked highly in the countries that co-publish with UQ. In the past 5 years, UQ has produced 2659 co-publications with Canadian researchers, largely in the areas of Enviromental Sciences, Psychiatry, and Ecology. Our top co-publishing partners are the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, and University of Calgary.

Research collaboration

In the past 5 years, UQ has collaborated with 45 institutions on 81 research projects. Key collaborators include the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto, and McGill University. 

Research funding

Canadian organisations, including the University of Alberta, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and the University of British Columbia, have contributed A$2,352,616 towards 29 research projects in the past 5 years. 

Collaboration in action

Next generation of agricultural crops to withstand the effects of climate change and increase food security

University of British Columbia and the University of Saskatchewan are key partners in UQ’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture, led by Professor Christine Beveridge (School of Biological Sciences). Funded by the Australian Research Council over 7 years, the $35 million grant aims to bridge evolutionary systems biology (how plants work and evolve) and predictive analytics (mathematics) to improve ecosystem management, crop resilience and yield. (Photo: Federal Minister for Education Dan Tehan MP and Professor Beveridge.) 

Transforming literacy in young adults with intellectual disabilities

The Latch-On® (Literacy and Technology Hands On) is a post-school literacy program transforming the lives of young adults with intellectual disabilities around the world. Developed by a team of researchers at The University of Queensland, Latch-On® is an evidence-based program that enables young adults with intellectual disabilities to continue their literacy and numeracy development in a post-school environment. The part-time, two year program combines traditional teaching styles with technology instruction and is delivered to students aged 18+. It has been licensed to community-based program delivery partners in Canada, Ireland and Australia.

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.


Pledge to drive so others survive!

UniQuest has worked with researchers from UQ and the University of British Columbia to form a startup company called, Advanced Mobility Analytics Group Pty Ltd (AMAG). AMAG aims to be the world leading digital platform provider for proactive road safety analytics and management, applying more than 70+ years of cumulative road safety knowledge to develop a comprehensive road safety management suite of modules. Subsequently, AMAG announced a partnership with the ASX-listed technology investment firm, PPK Group Limited. Through its AU$1.5 million investment in AMAG, PPK secured a 20% stake in AMAG, and will provide ongoing advice and expertise to assist AMAG in achieving its technology development and deployment roadmap going forward.

Planning to phase out smoking, for good

School of Public Health Professor Coral Gartner is Centre Director of a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)-funded $3 million Centre of Research Excellence on Achieving the Tobacco Endgame (CREATE) based at UQ and involving researchers from 11 institutions in Australia, New Zealand and Canada (The University of Waterloo), with the aim of phasing out smoking for good.

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.


UQ has 2773 alumni living in Canada. 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)
Christian Weedbrook Founder/CEO at Xanadu (Bachelor of Science 2004, PhD 2009)
CEO & Co-Founder at Eventbase Technology Inc. (Bachelor of Arts 1994)