India is on the right track when it comes to research. “We are looking at partnerships with good institutes to help them scale up research,” says Professor Jim Lee, deputy vice chancellor (international), Macquarie University, Australia. The institute has recently earned a five-star rating in the QS World Rankings. Lee, who visited India as part of Australia Business Week in India recently, shared his plans to work with Indian institutes. Excerpts from an interview.
What is the aim of your visit to India?
We plan to deeply engage with Indian institutions. We also plan to increase interaction between the university and our alumni based in India. We have announced 50 Vice Chancellor’s International Scholarships and 100 South Asia Scholarships for Indian students. We will launch the ‘Big History’ project across Indian high schools.
Tell us about these scholarship programmes.
The Vice Chancellor’s International Scholarship, valued up to $10,000 will aid Indian students by compensating nearly one-third of the annual fees for most courses at Macquarie University. The South Asia Scholarships scheme will ensure an ‘early acceptance discount’ of $6,000 of the total tuition of a student’s programme. We also offer $11 million as a scholarship programme to Indian PhD candidates.
Tie-ups are you looking at?
We are signing MoUs with VIT University and BITS Pilani (Hyderabad) for joint research initiatives, student and staff exchange programmes and co-supervision of PhD ­students.