Global engagements

Every day, our teaching, research and creative work is becoming increasingly global. York is working hard to make changes that positively impact the world through international cooperation and education without borders. For instance, York students helped develop educational activities for use in an elementary school in rural Haiti. At our bilingual Glendon Campus, we received funding to provide French-language healthcare training programs, which will help support currently underserved French communities. 

With sixteen per cent of our students now coming from outside Canada, York met the target of 15-20 per cent set out in the 2015-2020 UAP, positioning York for further growth as we recover from the pandemic. The development of a new Internationalization strategy this past year provides a framework for continuing to strengthen our global engagement over the next several years as we recover from COVID-19.

Here are some other ways York’s work reaches beyond frontiers.


international partnerships


publications co-authored internationally


international students


students in bilingual programs

York’s global leadership in sustainable development was recognized by Times Higher Education. Its Impact Rankings placed York 33rd in the world when measured against the United Nations 17 sustainable development goals. Overall, 767 universities were considered for the rankings.

The sustainable development goals are designed to address global challenges such as poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. York received top rankings for its efforts in 15 of the 17 goals, a clear improvement from its rankings last year.

Professor Steven Hoffman was chosen to head a global effort on research into recovery from the damage done by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hoffman is the director of the Global Strategy Lab at York, the Dahdaleh Distinguished Chair in Global Governance & Legal Epidemiology in the Faculty of Health and Osgoode Hall Law School, and the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Global Governance of Antimicrobial Resistance. He is also the Scientific Director, Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Population & Public Health, and was appointed by the United Nations to lead the development of a UN Research Roadmap in the COVID-19 Recovery that will outline the research needed for a sustainable and equitable socio-economic recovery from COVID-19.

The roadmap will identify research priorities for rebuilding after the pandemic while safeguarding progress towards achieving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Roadmap will address challenges related to protecting health services, social systems and jobs, supporting macroeconomic responses and strengthening social cohesion and community resilience.