The scheme will contribute to the nation-wide UUKi-run Go International: Stand Out campaign, which aims to double the percentage of UK undergraduates who study, work, or volunteer abroad to 13% by the end of 2020.
The programme will also strengthen the UK-Canada bilateral relationship and provide a catalyst for the development of new links between UK sending universities' and host Canadian institutions.
Undergraduates at participating UK universities who are interested in research abroad will be offered the chance to carry out a 12-week, fully supervised research project at a Canadian university in the summer before they graduate.
With additional benefits such as professional development workshops, attendance at industry events, mentoring and social activities, the internships will provide UK students a competitive academic experience in Canada whilst gaining valuable professional skills.
Mitacs' Globalink scheme's existing partner countries include Australia, Brazil, China, France, India, Germany, Mexico, Tunisia, and Ukraine. The scheme will present a new outward mobility opportunity for UK students.
The UK's Department for Education has committed to co-funding internships specifically for high achieving students from underrepresented groups, supporting social mobility and widening access.
Chris Skidmore, Minister of State for Universities, Science Research and Innovation comments:
"International experiences enrich the education and personal development of UK students and break down barriers to social mobility.
I'm delighted to announce new DfE funding that will support UK undergraduate students from disadvantaged and under-represented backgrounds to undertake research at Canadian universities through the Mitacs Globalink scheme.
"By enabling access to these international opportunities, we can develop our own 'global citizens' and ensure students of all backgrounds can succeed in an increasingly global marketplace"
Dr Alejandro Adem, CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs comments:
"We are delighted to work with Universities UK International and the UK Government to bring Canadian research opportunities to UK undergraduate students. Students will enjoy a unique experience that combines research opportunities with professional development. This partnership represents our countries' shared commitment to talent development and economic growth."
Vivienne Stern, Director, UUKi, comments:
"This is fantastic opportunity for UK students wishing to advance their academic and professional skills at a vital time in their student experience, as well as for UK universities to enhance or build brand new links with Canadian institutions. The value of international partnerships and competitive outward mobility opportunities has rarely been more strongly felt than it is now, and we very much look forward to continuing our work with Mitacs and the UK Government to facilitate this exciting new programme for UK undergraduates and their sending universities."
The scheme will operate on a co-funded model, with two thirds to be funded by Mitacs and the remaining third by sending UK institutions or the Department for Education.
UK universities are currently being invited by UUKi to submit expressions of interest to co-fund a further 10 places for students from any background to participate in this first year of the scheme, with internships commencing in summer 2020.
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The UK government and Canadian government will co-fund up to 10 internships in 2019/20 and up to 20 in 2020/21, specifically for disadvantaged and underrepresented students.
About Universities UK International
Universities UK International (UUKi) represents UK higher education institutions (HEIs) globally and helps them flourish internationally. To do this we actively promote UK HEIs abroad, provide trusted information for and about them, and create new opportunities through our unique ability to act at sector level. We draw on UK university expertise to influence policy in the UK and overseas, delivering information, advice and guidance to facilitate mutually beneficial collaboration between UK HEIs and a broad range of international partners.
Mitacs is a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada by solving business challenges with research solutions. Working with 60+ universities, thousands of companies, and both federal and provincial governments, Mitacs builds partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada. Open to all disciplines and all industry sectors, projects can span a wide range of areas, including manufacturing, business processes, IT, social sciences, and design. Mitacs is funded by the Government of Canada, provincial governments, academic institutions, and industry partners.
The Mitacs Globalink Research Internship is a competitive initiative for international undergraduates. Top-ranked applicants participate in a 12-week research internship under the supervision of Canadian university faculty members in a variety of academic disciplines, from science, engineering and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences. Mitacs Globalink Research Internships are currently available at over 45 universities across Canada.