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Ontario Partners With China to Support Young Scientists

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Ontario Partners With China to Support Young Scientists

Province Collaborating with International Partners to Foster Innovation

Ontario is launching a new Ontario-China Young Scientist Exchange Program (YSEP).

The goals of the exchange program are to develop long-term research collaborations between Ontario and Chinese institutions, to encourage the development of leadership skills among YSEP participants and to create future "science ambassadors" between the two jurisdictions.

This program was created through a jointly signed Memorandum of Understanding between Ontario Premier, Kathleen Wynne, and China's Minister of Science and Technology during the Premier's mission to China in November 2015.

Ontario participants are getting ready to begin their three-week exchange program this August in China. Meanwhile, Chinese participants started their exchange program in Ontario this month.

China and Ontario each fund three-week academic visits for early career researchers to enhance and support scientific and technological cooperation.

Developing international scientific relationships is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Quick Facts

  • Dr. Zhao Xinli, Deputy Director General of China Science and Technology Exchange Center led a delegation to Toronto on April 26-28, 2016 and attended the first workshop on China-Ontario Young Scientists Exchange Program.
  • Through promoting science and technology collaboration with China, Ontario has developed more than 70 Ontario-China partnerships and generated more than $200 million investment in research and commercialization.
  • Ontario’s five-year, $400-million Business Growth Initiative is helping to grow the economy and create jobs by promoting an innovation-based economy, helping small companies scale-up and modernizing regulations for businesses.

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“Fostering opportunities for young scientists to work in other countries helps set the stage for their careers and the kind of collaborative research that is essential to making scientific advances in an innovation economy. The universities where these young scientists will study will also benefit from the diversity of thought and experience these scholars bring with them.”

Reza Moridi

Minister of Research, Innovation and Science

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