RMIT University has formed a strategic alliance with the Indian Academy of Science and Innovation Research (AcSIR) to deliver a ground-breaking joint PhD program.
The collaboration will enable students to pursue their PhD studies both in Australia at RMIT and in India at AcSIR, combining the strengths of these leading research institutions.
The agreement was signed by RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Martin Bean CBE, and AcSIR Chancellor, Professor Baldev Raj, at a ceremony at RMIT together with a representative of the Indian High Commission.
Through this novel scheme, Science, Engineering and Health students will be able to undertake PhD studies across international borders, performing their research at AcSIR before being based at RMIT for their final year.
The program will enable students to experience research on a global platform, working with leading Australian and Indian researchers.
A key factor will be an emphasis on skills training, enabling the development of highly skilled work-ready graduates with the potential to become the leaders of tomorrow.
“This joint PhD program marks a significant deepening of the relationship between RMIT and AcSIR, building on a warm and close history of cooperation,” Martin Bean said.
Professor Raj said he was delighted to take part in the signing ceremony.
“The trust built over several years of student exchange between our two organisations has led to research activities being opened beyond chemical sciences,” he said.
“The program will enable researchers and students to collaborate for a better tomorrow.”
The first students will be welcomed into the joint PhD program from early 2018.
Story: Jason Murphy