A window of opportunity for Asia’s higher education.

Asian countries made substantial investments in their higher education systems, focusing on improving the quality of education and research infrastructure. Consequently, several Asian universities are ranked among the top institutions globally, attracting domestic and international students. By forging strong partnerships with Asian institutions, we aim to build education programs and develop collaborative research initiatives to address the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

At uOttawa, nearly 30% of our students are international, and 45% are from Asia.  We’re proud of our diverse, multicultural student population, which fosters a learning environment with different perspectives to prepare students to be global citizens.

Meet Jinny Wu

Hi! My name is Jinny and I’m the Manager of International Partnership Development for Asia.

Feel free to contact me if you are interested in developing a partnership with the University of Ottawa.

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Jinny Wu

Jie Jiao

Hi! My name is Jie and I’m the Manager of International Partnership Development for China.

Feel free to contact me if you are interested in developing a partnership with the University of Ottawa.

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Jie Jiao

Tailored programs

Students attending a class

Minor in Asian studies

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers a minor in Asian studies (with an option in Chinese or Japanese). 

uOttawa representatives at the Ottawa Shanghai Joint School of Medicine (OSJSM)

Ottawa - Shanghai Joint School of Medicine

The partnership between the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine, The Ottawa Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine and Renji Hospital (OSJSM UGME program) offers Chinese students a cross-cultural experience.

Students and professors from Shanghai, Lyon and Ottawa

The Medicine and Humanities International Program (MHIP)

This four-party collaboration including the University of Ottawa, the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine and the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine encompasses arts, literature, philosophy and social sciences taught by professors from the four partner universities.  

Volunteer cooperation program

Volunteer cooperation program

The Centre for International Studies and Cooperation’s new volunteer cooperation program aims to improve the economic and social well-being of two million of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, including at least 1.5 million women and young women. It has collaborated with three organizations in Nepal, Fair Trade Group (FTG) Nepal Agriculture Cooperative Central Federation Limited (NACCFL) and Nepal Muslim Women Welfare Society (NMWWS).

Students in front of the Tabaret building.

Custom Professional Language Learning

The Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute and the Faculty of Law collaborated to design a unique program to enhance English language skills through the study of Common Law.

Here is a list of scholarships:  

The value of individual bursaries will depend on the level of the financial assistance required and on the availability of funds. We reserve the right to limit the number of the awards.

Some of our most recent partnerships include:

  • Renewal of the Research Chair in Taiwan Studies: The Faculty of Social Sciences extended its collaboration with Taiwan’s Ministry of Education on May 31, 2021. This partnership will continue to enhance and develop the quality of research and teaching in Taiwan Studies at the Faculty and broadly disseminate knowledge of the politics, economy, external relations, history, society, languages and culture of Taiwan. Chair activities will include the supervision of graduate students and an annual public Taiwan Studies Lecture Series. 
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers: Provides a limited number of early career researchers with the opportunity to conduct research in Japanese universities and in designated research institutions and laboratories. NSERC is responsible for recommending Canadian nominees. 
  • KAKEHASHI Project: To promote people-to-people exchange between Japan and nations worldwide, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan offer Friendship Ties Programs, which send approximately 5,600 people to or from Japan each year. This program sparks greater engagement between the youth from Japan and Canada to contribute to the SDG development.
  • The Faculty of Engineering has implemented changes to its 3+1+1 collaborations with China, which include more direct communication with partners. The faculty has memoranda of understanding and 3+1+1 collaborative programs with 14 Chinese universities. 
  • Partnership with Shanghai Jiao Tong University: The University of Ottawa is increasing cooperation with Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The joint Shanghai-Ottawa Medical School is one example. According to the School of Medicine of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the joint school is a pioneer in integrating Chinese and North American medical education and exploring new medical education practices. The program is approved and recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

    A joint bachelor’s in clinical medicine has also been established between University of Ottawa and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Many program students have graduated, finding meaningful positions and contributing to medical science. 

    The University has also built partnerships in other fields, such as law, at all levels from bachelor’s to doctorates. 

Contact us


Tabaret Hall, Room M386
550 Cumberland Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 6N5

Tel: 613-562-5847
Fax: 613-562-5100
Email: [email protected]

Hours of operation

September 1 to May 31: 
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

June 1 to August 31:
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Please note that the University of Ottawa offices are closed during statutory holidays and during the winter break. Visit the Important academic dates and deadlines page for more information.