New Delhi: Shiv Nadar University (a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, research-focused and student-centric university) today, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The University of Queensland, Australia (QS World University Rankings (48), Academic Ranking of World Universities (55), US News Best Global Universities Rankings (45) and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (65)). Dr Rupamanjari Ghosh, Vice Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University and Professor Peter Høj, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Queensland signed the agreement at the Australian High Commission in Delhi, in the presence of representatives of both the institutions. The MoU aims to facilitate faculty and student exchange programs, joint research initiatives including sharing of data and collaboration in a variety of areas. Both the universities have also agreed to exchange academic information, reading material and academic publications as part of the MoU.
Under this partnership, the plan is to enable the students to earn dual degrees for both undergraduate and post-graduate programs. For example, a student from the School of Engineering at Shiv Nadar University may receive a Bachelor’s Degree from both institutions after completing two years at Shiv Nadar University and two years at The University of Queensland (UQ). For obtaining a Master of Engineering degree from UQ, the student would have to complete two years at UQ, post studying for a period of three years at Shiv Nadar University, for a Bachelor’s degree. The MoU will be in effect for 5 years.
Commenting on the partnership, Dr Rupamanjari Ghosh, Vice Chancellor of the Shiv Nadar University, said, “At Shiv Nadar University, our focus has been to provide our students and faculty with a transformative and engaging experience. Given this, we are delighted to tie-up with the University of Queensland as we share the same teaching-learning philosophy, and an orientation favoring research and innovation. This partnership will provide an exciting opportunity for our students to learn to operate in diverse environments, a skill greatly valued in today’s globalized world.”
UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said that, “The University is proud to include Shiv Nadar University among its growing network of students and research partners in India. UQ’s research, technology and student community has been enormously strengthened by our personal links with India’s higher education sector, and we are committed to fostering future collaboration in areas of global importance. This partnership enables both universities to offer truly global pathways for students – experience that is highly sought after by business and industry.”