In a ceremony yesterday (20 October), Durham students Risako Takamura (Law) and Hannah Moore (Geography with Year Abroad) were invited to London to deliver short speeches at the Canadian High Commission.
Risako and Hannah's speeches detailed the experiences of a group of Durham students who successfully completed funded 12-week research placements at Canadian universities. Hannah conducted research at the University of Saskatchewan - Saskatoon on Exploring Diversity, Equality and Inclusion on Campus, while Risako completed research at Concordia University - Montréal on The Politics of International Courts.
These internships took place over the summer as part of the Globalink Research Initiative. Durham's Global Opportunities programme co-funds and participates in this partnership between Universities UK International and Mitacs, a not-for-profit Canadian national research organisation, to support summer student research placements in a variety of academic disciplines from science, engineering, and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences. This provides a wealth of opportunities for our students to develop their skills and experiences outside of their studies.
Risako and Hannah's speeches in the ceremony accompanied the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding to support future rounds of the scheme and to celebrate its success.
Hannah said of her internship experience: “I have a lot of thanks to give for Mitacs and this opportunity. It is a wonderful and motivating comfort to know that programmes such as these exist for students like me.”
International partnerships are a core part of Durham's outstanding research and vibrant learning communities. We value international collaboration as central to enhancing global knowledge and developing global citizenship.