The India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS) is the first Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence that was brought to life to tackle key issues that affect the quality of life in both countries. The University of British Columbia, University of Alberta and University of Toronto as well as 11 leading institutions in India work together in a unique partnership that is supported by the Canadian government and state and industry partners in India. IC-IMPACTS’ Scientific Director and Head of SIERA Dr. Banthia has been very involved in the establishment of this partnership that is hosted at UBC.
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SIERA is in close contact with universities and institutions all over the world such as the Korea University and Tongji University in China, the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in Malayisa and the Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica de Minas Gerais in Brasil. The aforementioned list is merely an excerpt of institutions with which research collaborations and exchanges of graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows and professors take place frequently.
Furthermore, we regularly welcome Masters and PhD students from the Universita degli studi di Brescia and Politecnico di Milano in Northern Italy to spend approximately 1 year in the SIERA group. During this time the students work on their thesis and can take advantage of all our research facilities and very competent research staff.
We also welcome PhD students from the Southeast University in China on a regular basis. The students typically stay, study and research at UBC for a period of 3 years with full access to all our facilities and resources.
Every Summer we welcome at least one student from the Ecole des Mines de Douai in Northern France for an academic internship. The duration of the internship is generally around 3 months during which the student gets insight into what it is like to do material research in the field of civil engineering. During her/his time at UBC the student gets involved in practical work in the lab as well as data analysis and interpretation.