~ Agreement starts this academic year to include student and faculty exchange, joint research collaboration and joint GIAN-VAJRA courses ~
New Delhi, November 19, 2017:Macquarie University, one of Australia’s top 10 Universities has signed an agreement today with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar, Punjab to collaborate over a wide range of academic activities.
The MoU will support a range of activities that will strengthen collaboration between the institutions, including student and faculty exchange, joint research collaboration and explore joint GIAN-VAJRA courses where overseas Indians can work with Indian institutions to deepen their engagement in research and development programs, especially in science and technology.
Macquarie University and IIT Ropar have identified bio-medical engineering (imaging, sensing and instrumentation), telecommunications (wireless technologies, networking, optical devices and communication, MIMO systems and satellite communication), mechatronics and robotics, power electronics and water and environmental science as key research areas.
Speaking on the signing, Professor Barbara Messerle, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Macquarie University, Australia said: “The agreement between Macquarie and IIT Ropar will serve to be a great example of the collaborative cooperation that is possible between international institutions. With this strategic partnership in place, we believe that both institutions will benefit greatly, and will allow the creation of new ideas, lead to further innovation in science and technology and encourage students to broaden their horizons.”
“IIT Ropar sees the importance of building academic alliances with world universities as an important step towards its internationalisation. Being a millennium university, we have made significant outreach with universities across the world. Our MoU with Macquarie University is an important milestone for us. We hope the two universities will have fruitful research collaborations and exchange in the coming years,” said Professor S. K. Das, Director, IIT Ropar.
About Macquarie University, Australia
Established in Sydney in 1964, Macquarie University is consistently ranked amongst the Top 10 universities in Australia (ARWU, 2015) and Top 200 in the world (QS, 2015). It is ranked amongst the top 100 in the world in nine disciplines (QS 2015 rankings by subject). It was created during a time of extraordinary social transformation to be a different kind of university: it was, and will always be, a bold experiment in higher education. True to its founders’ vision, the University has challenged the conventional thinking of academia through innovations in its campus set-up, curricula, interdisciplinary research and engagement with industry and the wider community.Macquarie’s approach has paid off. Hundred percent of its research activity is rated through the ‘Excellence in Research for Australia’ initiative at world standard or higher, and it has received a rating of 5 stars across all categories measured by QS. 90% of its graduates under the age of 25 are employed within 6 months of completing their studies. More importantly, the University has helped to form generations of individuals who are audacious and responsible leaders in their field and active members of their communities.
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