University of Melbourne to strengthen Indo-Australian academic collaborations


New Delhi : An extended delegation from University of Melbourne, Australia’s leading research university, will travel across India over the next few weeks, following a successful visit earlier this year.

After forming successful academic partnerships with leading Indian institutes during the April trip, this visit aims to strengthen Indo-Australian academic collaborations and explore new partnerships. The delegation will travel to Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Madurai Punjab, Vellore, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Kochi and Kolkata to form new ties with leading Indian Universities and continue to progress on projects from the previous visit. The delegation will also hold important events and meetings with Indian Government officials to discuss collaborative opportunities, program launches, networking with schoolteachers, counsellors and colleges, student recruitment activities and school visits.


They will also visit offices of various Indian corporates, host alumni meets and attend the Australian India Leadership Dialogue

During their visit earlier this year, the University focused on establishing joint and blended PhD and Bachelor of Science (BSc) programs in partnership with top Indian institutions including Indian Institutes of Technologies, The Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), Bengaluru, for the first-ever joint PhD program in science and technology.

A BSc Blended program was introduced in association with SSPU in Pune, receiving tremendous engagement and success. The interest in extending partnerships continues to be directed towards teaching, research, student exchange, and commercialisation.


Professor Michael Wesley, Deputy Vice Chancellor International, said: “The introduction of the National Education Policy has paved the way for broader collaboration and innovation, as India emerges as a quality education provider and partner in the higher education sector.

“We look forward to working together to support the sector in the post-pandemic recovery, where we can share information, experience and expertise to explore opportunities for both countries and their students.

“The University of Melbourne is committed to our relationships and investments in India, to become a strong and reliable partner in their academic and technological transformation,” said Professor Wesley, who is the delegation leader.


As research and innovation will play a pivotal role in the development of the students’ technical skillset, the University of Melbourne’s Blended Academy and Melbourne India Postgraduate Academy will provide new opportunities for Indian students and faculty.

As one of Australia’s largest research institutions, research and industry partnerships form a significant component of the institution’s distinctive curriculum, attracting a large range of talented Indian students in disciplines spanning engineering and IT, business studies, communications and science and humanities programs more broadly. These students contribute significantly to the university’s diverse and vibrant global community, with over 150 nationalities represented on campus and over 450,000 alumni members internationally.


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