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International collaborations

Université Laval is nationally and internationally renowned for its leadership in strategic research and innovation partnerships that have major impacts on knowledge development and transfer.

In step with its desire to continue in its leadership role, Université Laval set a specific objective in its strategic plan to focus on internationalizing training and research and developing international partnerships.

The Office of the Vice Rector, Research and Innovation (VRRCI) is actively developing an institution-wide internationalization strategy in partnership with the Office of the Vice Rector, External and International Affairs and Health (VRAIES). Its main objectives are to develop strategies for:

  • supporting existing strategic international research partnerships with foreign institutions
  • devising and developing new avenues for strategic and sustainable research partnerships in targeted fields with selected foreign institutions
  • increasing funding for research conducted by UL researchers

The new strategy will also:

  • position Université Laval’s leadership in international research as a driver of economic development in the Québec City area
  • inform public policy development in Québec and Canada and the actions of public and private actors on a range of global issues
  • train future researchers by introducing them to international collaborative research and attract new top-flight researchers from around the globe
  • increase our researchers’ standing on the international scene

Université Laval researchers devote considerable effort to establishing and cultivating high-calibre national and international scientific partnerships. Université Laval has over 900 formal agreements with academic institutions around the globe and continues to develop new ones. Several of these agreements have led to the creation of strategic and constructive international research partnerships, in addition to many past and current research projects. 

The VRRCI supports researchers and faculties in creating, managing, and administering constructive partnerships including joint research units and international joint units, international associated laboratories, and international research consortiums.

Université Laval currently has 4 international joint research units, 6 international associated laboratory, and 2 partnership networks in Aquitaine. It also participates in a number of international research consortiums.

Université Laval has partnered with the European Commission on many projects funded under Horizon 2020.