Cross-border collaboration in the higher education landscape: How are India and Australia taking it to the next-level? 

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07 July 22


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Recognizing this need and demand, Australian and Indian institutions are working on building partnership models that benefit students on both sides. Institutions are trying unique ways to support students, from well-known models such as student and faculty exchanges, summer schools, twinning programs, competitions, and masterclasses to joint PhD, IP commercialization, innovation labs, and start-up landing pads. The recent joint PhD between the University of Queensland and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, known as the UQ-IITD Academy of Research (UQIDAR) attracts the best global talent, including high-achieving students, academics, researchers, and scientists to work on goal-directed, cross-disciplinary challenges that are of interest to Australia, India and the global community. Another exciting example is researchers at the University of Southern Queensland, in partnership with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), have worked in villages in India (West Bengal and Bihar) to improve year-round access to water for irrigation through farming collectives, which has improved the productivity of agriculture, incomes and food security to various marginal communities in the area.


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