The MoU will see ten La Trobe students working as interns for the cricket team, tackling issues related to sport management. It will also facilitate work on joint programs, activities, projects and research on training and education in the domain of sport management and science.
Professor Leigh Drake led the delegation, which was also attended by Professor Paul Mather, Dr. Suzanne Zyngier and Amit Malhotra.
The interns will undertake research projects on Indian cricket/the sports industry with the aim to identify challenges as well as suggest solutions. The franchise will be able to deploy some of these suggestions to improve its operations in the IPL's Season 8.
'We are excited at this association with La Trobe University. This is a first of its kind for us and given the lack of sports education in the country, inputs from students from a reputed institute would indeed yield value for us,' said Fraser Castellino, COO, Kings XI Punjab.
'This partnership is our sincere effort to broaden the scope of students in the field of sports management and we hope that this will contribute towards their learning and development process.'
Professor Leigh Drake, Executive Dean for Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, La Trobe University, said it is La Trobe University's constant endeavour to keep creating improved opportunities for students of both countries that led us back to India again.
'Under the new MOU with Kings XI Punjab, we will be undertaking research into mutually agreed topics such as fan engagement, marketing and promotional practices, and other areas of value,' said Professor Drake.
'We are equally excited about this association with Kings Punjab XI. This partnership will give our students opportunities to participate as interns for Kings Punjab XI in the world most exciting sports event – IPL.
'It will be a great learning experience for our students. They can enhance their understanding of sports management,' says Professor Drake.
This MoU comes after a visit from the Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan's visit to La Trobe University's Melbourne Campus earlier in the year. La Trobe has had a strong link with India since the late 1960s, when then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi visited the campus. The University now hosts more than 1,100 students from India.
Relationships with India and Indian institutes are very important to the University. Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) and articulation arrangements have been established with:
- Lady Sri Ram college of Delhi University
- SRM University (Chennai)
- Indian Institute of Technology (Chennai)
- JSS University (Mysore)
- NIIT India
- KL University (Vijayawada)
- University of Agricultural Sciences (Bangalore)
- Delhi Technological University
- Birla Institute of Technology (Pilani) and many more.
La Trobe University also has MoUs in place with business giants of India such as HCL and Mahindra Reva.
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To view a video on Mr Bachchan's visit to La Trobe.