In a move to strengthen its presence in India, La Trobe University Australia, signed MoUs (memorandum of understanding) with major institutes like Delhi Technological University, IIT Madras, Presidency College and Bengaluru University.
Talking about the partnerships, Professor John Rosenberg says, “La Trobe University looks forward to welcoming more Indian students and building strong research collaborations with Indian institutions. The partnership will lead to collaborative research, joint student projects, student and staff exchange, study tour, internships, and articulation opportunities. Discussions are on for joint degree programmes in undergraduate studies and joint degree programmes in postgraduate studies.”
Talking about the Melbourne campus, Prof Rosenberg said, “it is the second largest university campus in Australia. The university has been teaching Indian history, Sanskrit and Hindi since its inception in 1967 and also has one of the largest libraries housing books and manuscripts on Indian history and language in Australia. The University Library was opened by the then Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi in 1968”.
Speaking on the collaboration with IIT Madras, he added, “‘The IIT-La Trobe collaboration is an extremely important one. This relationship could grow bigger with our other institutional partners, including the prestigious National University of Singapore (NUS), joining for future collaborative projects (NUS is a partner university for both La Trobe and IIT). The focus of the relationship will be to develop collaborative research projects, joint PhD opportunities etc.”
Professor Rosenberg also announced a scholarship worth $5,000 for an IIT student to undertake an internship program at La Trobe University. The selected student could use this scholarship for travel and living expenses.
University of Wollongong to set up campus in India
University of Wollongong (UoW), one of Australia’s leading research and higher education institutions, has plans to set up a campus in India.
Representatives from UoW signed a MoU with Arun Kumar Jagatramka, chairman and managing director of Gujarat NRE, to develop a campus in Ahmedabad.
UoW’s international medical bionics and nanotechnology expert
Gordon Wallace and deputy vice chancellor (research) Judy Raper, were in New Delhi recently to make the announcement.
The university is also forging links with India in the areas of research.
“We are holding talks with Indian corporations and research institutions about opportunities for collaboration in a range of high-tech research areas such as medical bionics and nanotechnology. Some Indian institutions on our list include IIT-Bombay, IIT-Delhi and the AIIMS and few pharma and automobile companies,” says Raper.