Faculty & Students

  • 30 Western faculty members have received graduate or professional degrees from a university in China
  • In 2016-17, 8 Western students travelled on exchange to China and 22 students from China came to Western.
  • Western has a Chinese Faculty Association with over 80 members.
  • Specially Appointed Professorship with Hefei University of Technology & Professorship with Northwest University of China; collaboration with China Geosciences University (Earth Sciences)
  • Chinese students represent the largest percentage of both Western’s undergraduate and graduate international student body. In 2016-17, 1,714 undergraduate students (including medical residents) and 456 graduate students from China attended Western.



Between 2012 and 2016, Western researchers co-authored and published 938 articles, meeting abstracts, reviews, proceeding papers, editorial materials, or book chapters with researchers at Chinese institutions. Top five institutions with which collaborations occurred:

  • Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Beijing University
  • Central South University
  • Peking University


Dual Degree and Collaborative Programs

  • Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western has an exchange agreement with the West China School of Medicine and West China Hospital, Sichuan University for the exchange of medical students and surgical residents.
  • Ivey Business School has a CEMS Exchange Partnership with the MSc Program at Tsinghua University (since 2011).
  • Western’s Chemical Engineering program has a collaborative program with Zhejiang University, East China University of Science and Technology and Zhejiang University of Science and Technology.
  • Western’s Faculty of Social Science (Department of Political Science) offers short-term courses in Public Administration in collaboration with Xiamen University.


Partner Institutions

  • Anhui University of Technology
  • China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research
  • Donghua University
  • East China University of Science and Technology
  • Fudan University
  • Guangzhou University 
  • Hebei Medical University 
  • Nanchang University
  • Nanjing University
  • Ontario-Jiangsu (OJS) Exchange Program, consortium of Ontario and Chinese universities
  • Peking University
  • Sichuan University
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Soochow University
  • Sun Yat-Sen University
  • Tianjin University
  • Tsinghua University
  • Wuhan Conservatory of Music
  • Xiamen University
  • Zhejiang University
  • Zhejiang University of Technology



  • 984 Western alumni are living in China


Short-term international Learning Opportunities

  • Ivey Business School’s Executive MBA participants travel to China as part of the Executive Client Field Project course.
  • Ivey Business School MBA students have the opportunity to gain direct experience on a trip to China. Ivey also has a student-run China Teaching Project (CTP) in which MBA students teach for a month at sites in China: Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.
  • Research Internships in Engineering with East China University of Science and Technology, Tianjin University, Zhejiang University, Zhejiang University of Technology.

Key Research Activities

  • Soochow-Western Synchrotron Radiation Research Centre, Suzhou (Soochow) China. Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Professor T.K. Sham, Co-director. 
  • Ontario Ginseng Innovation and Research Consortium: Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Beijing Normal University working with Centre for Planetary Science & Exploration (CPSX) on man-made feature extraction from high resolution satellite imagery.
  • Institute of Electronics, Chinese Academy of Science – processing data from Canadian radar satellites launched by CSA & MDA.
  • China National Science Foundation, collaborative research on tectonics of east China. Western Department of Earth Sciences.


Other Connections

WORLDiscoveries Asia

  • WORLDiscoveries Asia is Western’s licensing and industry contract office in Asia. Based in Nanjing, WORLDiscoveries Asia has completed over a dozen agreements with Asia-based industry and institutions that have generated more than $2.5 million CAD in licensing fees.

Ivey Business School Case Studies

  • Ivey’s active collection of 3,900 cases includes 834 Asian case studies, with nearly 1,000 cases in one or more Asian language translations. Ivey is the second largest producer of management case studies in the world and the top producer of current, comprehensive Asian cases.
  •  Ivey faculty and case writers work on the ground in locations around Asia, conducting in-person interviews with the principals in the case to gain a personal sense of the local context.