India’s O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) and Australia’s University of Wollongong (UoW), signed a memorandum of understanding on 4 March 2019 for a strategic partnership enabling their students and faculty members to undertake short and long-term exchange programs.
While exchange opportunities will be available for students, faculty and researchers at both Universities will find avenues for joint research and joint teaching, with opportunities for collaboration in international publications.
Welcoming the JGU delegation to Wollongong, Professor Paul Wellings, Vice Chancellor UoW said, “We are delighted with this first step — in what we hope will be a long term friendship with a very fine Indian higher education institution. JGU, though a young university, has already made a solid name for itself in many areas of teaching, research and community engagement. We view this partnership as a strategic development to help us –within a higher education context — further strengthen the social, cultural and economic links between Australia and India. We feel that JGU is an ideal institution through which to enable that development.”
Professor (Dr) C. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, JGU said, “JGU celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and we are a private not-for-profit university distinguished by its core multidisciplinary and philanthropic missions. As the youngest Indian university to break into the QS Asia and QS BRICS rankings, today’s signing reflects JGU’s genuine commitment to fostering partnerships of mutually beneficial value with leading global universities. As part of this, we are especially keen to deepen our ties with Australian higher education institutions. And so I am particularly pleased that JGU students will have the unique opportunity to learn at the University of Wollongong, one of the best modern higher education institutions ranked within the top 250 global universities.”
This collaborative spirit exemplifies the noteworthy work conducted by JGU’s Centre for India Australia Studies (CIAS), headed by Professor Shaun Star.
The CIAS was founded by Professor Star three years ago and is the first and only Centre with a focus on the India-Australia bilateral relationship embedded within an Indian Higher Education Institution.
The CIAS has hosted hundreds of Australians in India since the Centre’s inauguration; and continue to be a strong site for building awareness of Australia in India, while fostering very solid ties in the bilateral relationship.
Professor Star remarked, “This partnership will create stronger people-to-people linkages and research collaborations between students and faculty in India and Australia. This can only be a good thing for both nations.”