Huawei makes $3 million research investment in University of Toronto

Huawei has announced that it will make a major investment in research projects with the University of Toronto. The company will make a $3 million investment for research in areas including mechanical engineering, materials science, and biomedical engineering.

The strategic research partnership comes after Toronto Mayor John Tory visited the company's research and development facility in Shanghai. It also comes after an announcement last month that Huawei would increase its investments in Ontario, including the opening of new research facilities in the province.

Press release:

Toronto Mayor John Tory Tours Huawei's R&D Facility in Shanghai

Huawei and University of Toronto announce Strategic Research Agreement

Shanghai, China, April 10, 2016 – Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider today welcomed Toronto Mayor John Tory to its R&D facility as part of the City of Toronto China Trade Mission. In support of the visit, Huawei and the University of Toronto announced that they have reached agreement on a strategic research partnership agreement that will serve as a framework for existing and future investment, while making the university a key partner in Huawei's global academic research network.

"We are proud to welcome Mayor Tory to our research facility in Shanghai, and believe this agreement between Huawei and the University of Toronto will stand as a symbol of the strong academic and technology links between China and the Toronto Region," said Huawei Canada President Sean Yang. "Our commitment to Canada is deep, and our ongoing investment with the University of Toronto reflects our confidence in the talent and outstanding network of ICT researchers that exist in Toronto and the Province of Ontario." Last month, Huawei announced a plan to accelerate investment in the Province of Ontario with the opening of new research facilities in Markham and Waterloo to complement its flagship Canada Research Centre in Ottawa.

"This research partnership between Huawei and the University of Toronto reflects the world-class research and technology talent that lives in our city," said Mayor Tory. "This partnership speaks to the benefits that exist for China's rapidly growing technology companies to invest and expand their global operations and research footprint in Toronto."

The new agreement will establish a framework for how the relationship between the University of Toronto and Huawei is intended to grow, while also building a pipeline of talented young engineers who will contribute to the Canadian ICT ecosystem and tackle global technology challenges. This partnership will see Huawei invest over $3 million in research projects with the University over the next three years.

The framework will also broaden the scope of Huawei's current interaction with the University of Toronto in core R&D areas such as electrical & computer engineering and computer science and will look to support research initiatives in areas such as mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, materials science, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, aerospace engineering and theoretical and applied physics.

"This new agreement with Huawei opens countless opportunities for collaboration beyond the areas of cloud acceleration and data-centre optimization, where we have long enjoyed strong partnerships," said Professor Ted Sargent, Vice-Dean, Research, for the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. "We look forward to exploring joint projects that build upon U of T Engineering's world-leading research strengths in biomedical engineering, materials science and other fields."

"This agreement further solidifies the established partnership between ECE and Huawei," said Professor Farid Najm, Chair of The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. "Close collaboration with industry partners like Huawei promises practical solutions to some of today's most pressing telecommunications challenges."