New Delhi/Sydney, 6 Dec : The O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) in Sonipat in Haryana has signed MoUs with seven Australian universities all of which have been ranked among the top 3 per cent of universities in the world.
The seven universities are Macquarie University, University of New South Wales, University of New England, University of Newcastle, University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney and Western Sydney University.
It is notable that two of these universities are among the Top 50 in the world.
The delegation was hosted by Margaret Beazley, Governor of New South Wales, led by JGU's founding Vice Chancellor, Professor C. Raj Kumar, at the Government House in Sydney.
"As Governor of New South Wales, I am honoured to host the signing of the MOUs between a number of New South Wales universities and O.P Jindal Global University at Government House. These partnerships will benefit Indian and New South Wales students and faculty members, who will gain opportunities to deepen their educational and cultural connections, while also promoting important links that will foster academic excellence in our two nations," said the Governor of NSW.
The partnerships will promote faculty and student exchanges, dual degree programmes, joint teaching, joint research, joint conferences and joint publications, besides pathways into the Ph.D. programmes in the Australian universities.
A delegation led by C. Raj Kumar visited Australia this week as a part of JGU's larger vision to establish strong international collaborations with global universities.
The Australian visit coincides with JGU's 10th anniversary and a commitment since its founding to develop strong Australia-India linkages.
"These collaborations will create stronger people-to-people linkages and research collaborations between the students and the faculty in India and Australia. India's demographic dividend has created new opportunities for higher education to become the strongest pillar of the partnership between both the countries," C. Raj Kumar said.
As part of the vision of the CIAS, JGU will be hosting more than 100 Australian students in India in 2020 for various India immersion programmes.