Ontario and Israeli University Partnerships Grow During Premier’s Trade Mission

May 18, 2016 | Campus, Canada-Israel Cooperation, CIJA Publications, Media

Photo: Peter Mascher, McMaster’s Associate Vice-President, International Affairs (right) and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne (centre) pose with Joseph Klafter, President of Tel Aviv University (left) during a stop in Tel Aviv, part of a week long business mission to the Middle East.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is currently leading a business delegation to Israel to promote the exchange of knowledge, seek opportunities for collaboration, and sign new business agreements.

The Premier is joined by delegates from across various industries, including the post-secondary sector. York UniversityMcMaster University, Brock University, Lakehead University, OCAD University, Ryerson University, University of Guelph, University of Toronto and University of Waterloo have all sent delegates to Israel on the mission.

CIJA is pleased to support the Premier’s mission to Israel, and the ever-growing relationship between Israeli and Canadian academic institutions.


Peter Mascher, McMaster’s Associate Vice-President, International Affairs, (bottom row, right) signs an MOU with Hebrew University during a visit to Jerusalem. In attendance: (top row, from left) Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation and Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Monte Kwinter, Liberal MPP and Chair of the Ontario Investment and Trade Advisory Council, (bottom row, from left) Oron Shagrir, Vice Rector for International Affairs, Hebrew University, Merle Goldman, Executive Vice-President, Canadian Friends of Hebrew University

While in Israel, two Ontario universities signed important Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with Israeli schools:

  • York University and Tel Aviv University signed an MOU to renew a five-year agreement to provide students with richer educational opportunities, including collaboration on seminars, research projects and conferences.
  • McMaster University signed an MOU with Tel Aviv University to create better opportunities for students and faculty through joint supervision of doctorate students and new internship opportunities.

Some of the groundwork for these agreements was laid as a result of previous CIJA delegations of University Presidents and Vice Presidents Research.

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