India engagement

Male student from India looking at computer monitors with Canadian flag in the background.Our universities are making unprecedented efforts to foster cooperation and promote enhanced academic and research relationships between Canadian and Indian universities.

Following the 2010 G20 summit in Toronto, Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Stephen Harper signaled the importance of higher education in the bilateral relationship between Canada and India. The result was the signing of a memorandum of understanding on collaboration in higher education between the two countries. This has created a platform for enhanced Canada-India student and faculty mobility, research collaboration, and partnership opportunities.

In November 2010, the largest delegation of Canadian university presidents to travel abroad undertook a seven-day mission in India. The visit, organized by Universities Canada, included 15 presidents from universities across Canada. The mission established Canada as a quality partner for higher education, led to new partnerships, and explored new ways for Canadian and Indian universities to work together.

Quick facts

  • Canada is home to over one million people of Indian heritage.
  • There are over 100 active agreements between Canadian and Indian universities.
  • There are 504 universities and over 20,000 colleges in India.  The Central Government plans to establish 45 new institutes of academic excellence.
  • There are over 13 million students engaged in higher education in India; approximately 160,000 Indian students study abroad.