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New agreements open doors for Canada-India academic collaboration

The University of Alberta has signed new agreements for Joint Doctoral Degree Programs (JDPs) with three of India’s premier institutions: IIT BombayIIT Kharagpur and IIT Roorkee.

The JDPs create a two-way flow for academic exchange, giving participating UAlberta and IIT students the chance to undertake research at the partner institution for six months up to a year and providing them with international experience and special certification upon graduation. Participants from UAlberta, IIT Kharagpur, and IIT Roorkee will receive recognition of completing the program jointly with the partner institution through a formal notation on their transcripts and parchments, while participants from IIT Bombay will receive a certificate confirming that their thesis was completed jointly at IIT Bombay and UAlberta.

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The Right Time
“Thanks to UAlberta, I’ve worked on projects with people from different backgrounds with all kinds of perspectives and ideas," says convocating graduate student David Moises Baca Lopez.
David Moises Baca Lopez’s first visit to Canada left a lasting impression. “As an undergraduate student, I had an opportunity to spend six weeks in Toronto,” he remembers. “I was exposed to Canada’s diverse, multicultural nature as I connected with students from all over the world. I knew then that I wanted to become a part of this society.”

Five years later, David won a prestigious scholarship from the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico (CONACyT), a Mexican government agency that has a longstanding relationship with UAlberta and Canada. He arrived in Edmonton with equal parts excitement and apprehension about beginning a new chapter in a foreign country.

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Tackling an epidemic in the midst of a pandemic: UAlberta students propose a solution to combat the opioid crisis
Meet the UAlberta's World's Challenge Challenge winners 
Since 2016, there have been 14,000 deaths attributed to opioid overdoses in Canada. 94% of these deaths were accidental.
Aware of the devastation that the opioid crisis was bringing to communities, along with the lack of reliable testing methods for fentanyl on the street level, undergraduate students from the Faculty of Science, Simran Dhillon, Adarsh Badesha, and Ajaypartap Gill, decided to take things into their own hands. 
"The widespread nature of this crisis raises concern for all citizens within the community. All individuals are at risk of becoming victims of the opioid crisis, whether it is directly or indirectly," explains Simran. "As members of our community, we want[ed] to work together to create a better and safer space for all individuals whose health and well-being may be at risk."
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Important info about Travel Restrictions and Exemptions
UAlberta International understands that COVID-19 has created a lot of uncertainty, particularly around ongoing border closures and entry restrictions for incoming international students and visitors. You may be wondering when new international students or researchers will be allowed into the country. The short answer is, we do not know yet, but as your allies in internationalization, we will endeavour to keep you informed along the way.
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Dr. Deborah James, AVP Innovation, University of Alberta and Marc Leduc, Senior Provincial Director, Health Evidence and Innovation, Alberta Health Services, will co-present on the topic of "Alberta Innovation in the Health System".
This is one webinar of a six-part series, organized by the Canadian Embassy in Peru in conjunction with the Canada-Peru Chamber of Commerce. The Canadian Embassy has been liaising with Peruvian Ministry of Health and the Peruvian Health Insurance Agency to identify key gaps/challenges in Peru's health care system. Based on identified gaps, Canadian experts will share best practices in those identified areas (i.e. Health Innovation). 
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