Swinburne has formalised a research partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IITH), to jointly develop mutual strengths in engineering, science, technology and design.
At only ten years of age, the IITH is a leading academic institution in India, already ranked seventh out of the top 25 leading engineering tertiary schools in the country.
The partnership builds on current research links between Swinburne and IITH and last year’s signing of a partnered PhD agreement.
It will enable both Swinburne and IITH to share research facilities, enable research collaborations for joint research projects and papers, undertake joint supervision of PhD students and engage with local industry.
There are already 23 students enrolled under the PhD agreement with the numbers expected to grow in the years to come.
In launching the research partnership, Swinburne Chancellor Graham Goldsmith said Swinburne was intent on ‘building bridges’ through its programs with leading international educational institutions around the world like IITH.
“This partnership is a true collaboration between our two institutions where we bring together our mutual strengths in engineering, science, technology and design to undertake life-changing research and produce first-class graduates of the future,” Mr Goldsmith said.
Speaking at the launch, Professor U B Desai, Director, IIT Hyderabad, said: "This is a very unique research partnership which will be of great value to PhD students to enhance their research and get global recognition. It is indeed a win-win research partnership for IIT Hyderabad and Swinburne University of Technology."
“The program should focus on how technology can serve to bridge the gap between the haves and the have-nots,” Chairman, Board of Governors IITH, Dr Mohan Reddy added.
IITH has an established and extensive collaborative network around the world including with universities in Japan, USA, Australia, Canada, Europe and Taiwan.
It also has three technology incubators – ITIC, Centre for Healthcare Entrepreneurship and Fabless Chip Design Incubator with 10 incubated companies.
A number of dignitaries attended the partnership launch including Subrahmanyam, Secretary of the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development for the Government of India and Vijay Saraswat, member of the National Institution for Transforming India, Louise McSorley from the Department of Education and Training at the Australian High Commission; Sudhir Pai, CTO of Global Financial Services, Capgemini; Michelle Wade, Commissioner, South Asia from the Victorian Government and Susan Grace, Consul General from the Australian Consulate.
The Victorian Governor, Honourable Linda Dessau AC and Anthony Howard QC also visited IITH during an official visit to India.
Representatives from local industries also attended, with further discussions taking place on a potentially wider partnership as well as developing and supporting research projects for students.
Indian students make up the largest cohort of international students at Swinburne, which has in recent years established new alliances and partnerships with Indian industry and education.