Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, and University of Western Sydney (UWS), Australia, have agreed to enter into a formal and detailed Student Exchange Agreement for regular students’ exchange programme.
Under the programme, selected students from both varsities can study one semester in the other university.
This decision was taken in a meeting of UWS delegation led by dean of School of Social Science and Psychology Prof Kevin Dunn with PU vicechancellor Arun Kumar Grover, dean university instructions AK Bhandari and PU deans.
Senior regional manager of UWS Julia Shelley, PU dean arts Prof Ronki Ram; PU dean alumni Prof Anil Monga; coordinator research promotion cell Prof Sanjay Chhibber, and PU director public relations Vineet Punia were also present on the occasion.
PU and UWS had signed an MOU in August 2014 for mutual cooperation. The modalities of the agreement were discussed in the meeting. PU and UWS decided to identify the courses where the international exposure can help the students. It was discussed that the students of each university would pay the university fee in his parent university only. The two universities would send equal number of students to each other.
It was decided that the agreement would be finalised and signed in this academic year. It was also decided that the two universities would work to have course matching and sharing of syllabus in some particular semester of the collaborating departments so that the students could study some specific subjects and syllabus during the period of foreign studies.
The possibility of joint supervisor-ship for PhD programme on the pattern of physics departments was also discussed. In January, PU and UWS had jointly organised a research workshop at PU.
Profile of UWS
UWS is considered as a research-led metropolitan university of Australia operating over multiple teaching campuses in Greater Western Sydney. UWS was ranked as one of the world’s top 100 universities under the age of 50 in the influential Times Higher Education ranking.