UWindsor is now a full academic partner with Mitacs, the national, not-for-profit organization that designs and delivers research and training programs in Canada, by building partnerships between academia, industry and government.
“UWindsor is delighted to become a full Mitacs partner,” says Michael Siu, UWindsor Vice-President, Research and Innovation. “Our research community has benefitted tremendously from its associate partnership with Mitacs over the last couple of years and we look forward to building on this success in the future.”
Mitacs was founded in 1999 to support applied and industrial research in mathematical sciences and associated disciplines, and has since expanded to include all academic disciplines. It supports research internship programs designed to give highly educated graduates real world work experience in the private sector.
By becoming a full academic member, UWindsor will have greater access to a wider selection of programs, helping to put researchers, students and programs into the national and global spotlight. Full members also have significant influence on Mitacs priorities and UWindsor will now have a prominent role in shaping the organization’s future strategies.
Alejandro Adem, CEO and Scientific Director of Mitacs, says the organization is pleased and honoured to announce this new partnership with UWindsor.
“Through Mitacs Accelerate, Windsor’s students, postdocs, and faculty will have direct access to research collaborations where they can gain new professional skills, expand their networks, and connect with potential employers,” says Dr. Adem.
“In addition, they will benefit from sharing international perspectives through Mitacs Globalink, our two-way student mobility program.”
This summer UWindsor hosted Yashasvini Rajeswar, a student from India, as part of the Globalink research program. Rajeswar worked with Roy Amore, political science professor, for the project, the Interface between Religion and Politics, focusing on Hindu nationalism in India.
From aerospace systems to childhood literacy rates, Mitacs-funded research helps strengthen connections, improve economic performance, and create jobs. In the past 15 years, the organization has supported more than 10,000 research internships, trained more than 19,000 students and post-doctoral career-skill participants, and supported more than 1,300 international research collaborations.
Full and associate university Mitacs partners include 40 institutions across the country. An additional 20 universities in Canada benefit from Mitacs programs as honourary partners.