It was the season of collaborations as university reps from different corners of the world made a beeline for India this month. Most were here for greater engagement with the country through joint research, scholarships and more while at least one was looking at possibilities of a new outpost here.
Australia’s Macquarie University signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Confederation of Indian Industry for the latter’s India@75" Mission. They have teamed up to “focus on joint development and to invest in the educational and cross cultural development of Indian students along with joint industry research” under the mission, one of the goals of which is to produce 200 million college graduates. The university will do this under its Ektaal Great Indian Project launched earlier this year in Australia.
“They (CII) will help us identify the right scholars,” says Steven Schwartz, vice chancellor, Macquarie University, which has about 25 MoUs with Indian institutions.
Schwartz also announced that the university now offers more than A$11 million in scholarships to Indian students.
Another Australian institution, University of Wollongong, inked an MoU with Indian coal company Gujarat NRE on November 14 to set up a campus in Gujarat. “We’ll offer undergraduate degrees in engineering and technical sciences,” says Gerard Sutton, vice chancellor, UoW. In December, UoW also plans to seal an agreement with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, for joint research in intelligent materials and water splitting, says Sutton.
On November 12, Britain’s University of Glasgow partnered with the University of Calcutta for museum studies.
“We intend to pursue staff and student exchanges, initially in the area of museum studies, but eventually across wide areas in the arts and social sciences,” says
Anton Muscatelli, principal and vice chancellor, University of Glasgow. “We will establish a fellowship for a researcher from Kolkata to visit Glasgow University in the first instance.”
On November 9 in Delhi, the University of Aberdeen joined hands with the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun. The document was signed in front of Scotland’s education secretary Michael Russell, who was leading a ‘Team Scotland’ trip of representatives of Scottish universities to Delhi and Kolkata. The partnership would span teaching as well as research, including the possibility for students to spend two years in each institution and receive an Aberdeen degree, said Dominic Houlihan, vice-principal for internationalisation, University of Aberdeen.
Similarly on November 3, Ottawa’s Carleton University formalised collaboration with Symbiosis International University and Teri University in the presence of Ed Fast, Canada’s minister of international trade and minister for the Asia-Pacific gateway, who was heading a trade mission to India. Under the MoUs, Carleton is looking at exchanging UG and PG students with Teri and Symbiosis. It will also carry out collaborative “real-world, applied research, not ivory tower research,” says Randy Zadra, director, Carleton International.
The University of New South Wales is negotiating with Delhi University for research and student exchanges, says Frederick G Hilmer, president and vice chancellor.
Canada’s Ryerson University has introduced scholarships for Anna University, IIT Delhi and IIT Madras students to study for masters’ in engineering and architecture. Wendy Cukier, VP - research and innovation, Ryerson, says, “We are looking for relationships at a number of levels — student exchanges, faculty exchanges, long-term collaborative programmes.”
Joint research, student exchanges and more...
* Australia’s Macquarie University signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Confederation of Indian Industry for the latter’s
* Britain’s University of Glasgow and the University of Calcutta entered into a partnership, initially, for museum studies. Covering staff and student exchanges to begin with, the collaboration is expected to grow to “wide areas in the arts and social sciences”
* The University of Aberdeen joined hands with the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun, for a partnership, including the possibility for students to spend two years in each institution and receive an Aberdeen degree
* Canada’s Carleton University formalised collaboration with Symbiosis International University and Teri University for exchanging undergraduate and postgraduate students. They also plan to carry out collaborative ‘real-world, applied research, not ivory tower research’
* Australia’s University of Wollongong inked an MoU with Indian coal company Gujarat NRE on November 14 to set up a campus in Gujarat. They intend to offer undergraduate degrees in engineering and technical sciences