La Trobe boosts partnerships with India
It has just signed Memoranda of Understanding with three leading Indian Institutes - Delhi Technological University, the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, and Presidency College at Bengaluru University.
‘La Trobe University looks forward to welcoming more Indian students and building strong research collaborations with Indian institutions,’ said La Trobe Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President, Professor John Rosenberg, who travelled to India to sign the Memoranda of Understanding.
Professor Rosenberg was accompanied by a delegation of leading academics and researchers.
He outlined the Australian Government’s recent strategic review of the student visa program which has led to substantial changes to Australia’s visa regime.
‘This will definitely encourage genuine students to consider Australia for their higher education. I think these are very positive and welcome changes,’ he said.
Professor Rosenberg said La Trobe University’s Melbourne campus was the second largest university campus in Australia. La Trobe has almost 4,000 alumni whose country of birth is India.
‘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.’
Visiting New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai (from 5 to 8 December, 2011) he also inaugurated La Trobe’ South Asia office in Delhi – and hosted a function for the University’s Indian alumni, opened by the Governor of Victoria, Alex Chernov AO QC.
‘The Delhi office,’ said Professor Rosenberg, ‘will further strengthen La Trobe’s commitment to South Asia in developing strong partnerships with leading universities and companies that can lead to collaborative projects. The new office will also assist students.’
He said the MOU with Delhi’s Technological University will lead to collaborative research, joint student projects, student and staff exchange, study tour, internships, and articulation opportunities. He said discussions were also in progress for joint undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs.
His delegation also participated in the celebration of the 15th Anniversary of La Trobe’s partnership with Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi, hosting a well-attended reception for Alumni, students, parents and partners, many of whom expressed great satisfaction with the La Trobe approach to teaching.
Professor Rosenberg said the collaboration with IIT Madras was an extremely important one for La Trobe.
‘This relationship could grow bigger with our other institutional partners, including the prestigious National University of Singapore (NUS), joining for future collaborative projects since NUS is a partner university for both La Trobe and IIT.’
Professor Rosenberg also announced a scholarship worth $5,000 for an IIT student to undertake an internship program at La Trobe University, covering travel and living expenses.
‘The focus of the relationship will be to develop collaborative research projects, joint PhD opportunities and student/staff exchange in areas including computer science, electronic engineering and biotechnology.
‘Discussions are also in progress for a joint project opportunity with La Trobe’s Centre for Technology Infusion and IIT.’
Professor Rosenberg said India has had a special relationship with La Trobe since the University’s inception.
‘At its birth in 1967, La Trobe University made a commitment to the study of India and its neighbours. High profile academics were appointed to drive this agenda and the La Trobe Institute for India and South Asia was established.
‘The tradition continues today through institutional partnerships with premier Indian schools, in line with La Trobe University’s long history of establishing mutually beneficial relationships with government, private business, community groups and schools that deliver exceptional results.’
Amit Malhotra (Manager - South Asia) T +91 987 3392233 | +91-11-43604613, |
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