International Relations

Global Cities conference in Brazil sees important progress for U of T, USP

Forging new research partnerships with University of Sao Paulo (USP)
Paul Fraumeni

Urban issues, from the role of the university in the city to infrastructure, resilience and sustainability, were the focus of the recent Global Cities 2014 joint conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Global Cities & Global Universities: Brazil conference

Terry Lavender

President Meric Gertler is taking his message that world-class universities and world class cities need each other to Sao Paulo, Brazil this week.

Gertler is leading a contingent of University of Toronto academics participating in a two-day Global Cities & Global Universities conference at the University of São Paulo (USP) October 24 and 25.

How to build great cities, great universities at home and abroad

Using expertise in infrastructure, public health, environment, innovation and entrepreneurship to make livable cities
Terry Lavender

Great universities need great cities, and great cities need great universities.

That’s the message that University of Toronto president Meric Gertler brought first to the U of T community during his inauguration speech and then to the broader Toronto community when he spoke to the Toronto Region Board of Trade last month.

Brian Mulroney and Stephen Lewis on principled leadership in foreign affairs

Canada’s role in anti-apartheid struggle
Michael Valpy

Canada needs more principled leadership in foreign affairs, former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and former UN Ambassador Stephen Lewis told a symposium on Canada’s role in the struggle against apartheid held by Massey College and the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History on April 10.

For the occasion, Mulroney and Lewis delivered a spell-binding exposition on how they defied the foreign affairs bureaucracy, Margaret Thatcher and the U.S. and British governments to give Canada a leadership role in the fight against South African apartheid.

Madeleine Albright, Lloyd Axworthy on R2P: Responsibility to Protect

Former diplomats discuss sovereignty with international relations students
Susan Yellin

Sovereignty implies the inalienable right of a country to protect itself, former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright and former Canadian foreign affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy told University of Toronto students and staff at an international relations panel April 1.

But this concept becomes challenging when sovereignty protects the perpetrators in the demise of its own people, such as during the Rwandan genocide 20 years ago and ethnic cleansing during the Bosnian war in the late 1990s.

Remembering Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, one of the world’s most famous human rights campaigners and political prisoners – as well as the first democratically-elected president of South Africa – passed away on Dec. 5.

Earlier this year, U of T News posted an interview in which Associate Professor Antoinette Handley, associate chair and director, Undergraduate Studies, Department of Political Science reflected on Mandela’s legacy. Below is an excerpt of that interview.

Promoting startup culture with the Technion, Israel’s top tech institute

Brianna Goldberg

The president of Israel’s leading technology and engineering institute – also one of the country’s leading tech startup incubators – recently joined President Meric Gertler and some of the University of Toronto’s top scholars and entrepreneurs to share strategies for supporting the changing nature of enterprise and knowledge transfer in universities.

Leading researchers from Brazil, Toronto share expertise

U of T welcomes Universidade de São Paulo colleagues
Dominic Ali

Some of the world's leading researchers in cancer presented their latest findings at a conference November 15 co-hosted by the University of Toronto, its partner hospitals and the Universidade de São Paulo (USP).

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