Delegates from Montréal’s McGill University and Kyoto University in Japan have established a joint PhD between the institutions. The program, initially established with support from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology under its Top Global University Project, which is intended to foster the internationalization of Japanese universities, marks the first time McGill has entered into a joint PhD program with another university. Upon successful completion of the program, the PhD degree will be awarded jointly by the two universities. The goal of the collaboration is to develop joint international research in the field of gene medicine and to educate the next generation of scientists. Four students per year – two from each university – will be enrolled in the program, with participants spending a minimum of one year at the partner university and, in addition to completing curriculum coursework, will conduct their research under the supervision of an academic advisor from each institution.