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About KI-Canada collaboration

Karolinska Institutet and Canada have a long history of collaborating together and Canada has for over 20 years been a country in which many KI scientists have strong links.

In the 90’s University of Toronto (U of T) became an especially important partner university for KI as their collaboration was funded by the government. This may explain the high number of co-publications KI has with the University of Toronto (UofT). Between 2012 and 2016 KI and UofT had approx. 514 co-publications. The number of co-publications between KI and Canada has been approx.1300 (2012-2016).

Canada is a target country for recruiting talented students to KI. This is part of a strategy to attract the best students and in the long run potential PhD-students, post docs and researchers. KI also has an agreement with the province of British Columbia that enables students from British Columbia to retain their Canadian student loans when admitted to KI.

The Canadian Embassy in Stockholm is an important collaborator and actively supports the KI-Canada educational and scientific collaborations.

KI has agreements at different levels with different institutes in Canada, but the majority of the activities with Canadian collaborators takes place between researchers and are not regulated by the International Relations Unit. There are a few exceptions, where collaborative agreements, projects and activities are initiated and supported by this unit.

The university that KI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with in 2019 is:


Academic Coordinator




Lotta Lundqvist

International coordinator
08-524 867 23
Faculty Office and External Relations
Central Administration (UF), UF