Embassy of Canada hosts signing of Memorandum of Understanding between University of British Columbia and Karolinska Institutet


Professor Stephen J. Toope (UBC) and Professor Anders Hamsten (KI) sign the MoU.


Ambassador Macartney with Professor Stephen J. Toope (UBC) and Professor Anders Hamsten (KI).


Celebrating the MoU signing at the Embassy of Canada.

The Embassy of Canada to Sweden hosted the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Karolinska Institutet (KI) on 30th April 2014. The MoU, which was signed by UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Stephen J. Toope and KI Vice-Chancellor Anders Hamsten in the presence of Ambassador Kenneth Macartney, cements a longstanding desire by both institutions to enhance their collaboration.

UBC and KI share the aim of working with a limited number of strategic partners around the world to help advance research initiatives and education in medicine and pharmaceutical science, and this formal collaboration agreement reflects the excellent compatibility of the two institutions in areas of research strength.

On behalf of UBC, Professor Toope expressed his delight with the signing: "It is always exciting when two very strong research communities come together to tackle some of the great challenges of our time.  Karolinska Institutet is one of the great medical universities in the world and we look forward to many years of strong collaboration and significant research breakthroughs".

Professor Hamsten, who himself represents many years of critical research, sees the agreement as a step towards a deep partnership: "Today marks the formal first step towards bringing together some of the leading researchers and educators on two continents in a new way.  At KI we want to collaborate with leading peers around the world and UBC will be a great partner".

For further information on the signing of the MoU, please see the websites of the University of British Columbia and Karolinska Institutet.