Indian Institute of Technology Madras today broadened and strengthened its research links with Australia through a new partnership with the Curtin University in Perth. Prof. Brett Kirk, Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor Research in presence of Pro Vice Chancellor of faculty of Science and Engineering and a number of senior faculty members. of Curtin University, and Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras, signed an agreement on the IIT Madras campus to formalize a joint-doctoral degree program.
Dean of International & Alumni Relations at IIT Madras, Prof R. Nagarajan said the Institute is pleased to be joining the venture. “IIT-Madras has embarked on a systematic program of research collaboration with leading Universities around the world. We envision a four-stage process, starting with faculty interactions, leading to research scholar exchanges and joint supervision of Ph.D.s, culminating over time in joint doctorate programs.We are happy that with CurtinUniversity, we have reached the stage of signing a Joint Doctoral Program. It is gratifying that several faculty members at both institutions have already expressed interest in participating in this program. There has already been significant interaction among our faculty members across disciplines, in particular Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, as well as Civil” ”.
Curtin University is located in the state of Western Australia, the resource hub of Australia, and is recognised as the leading Engineering teaching, research and research training provider in the State. “Curtin University accepts with great enthusiasm the joint doctoral degree program development with IIT Madras”, said Professor Syed Islam, Dean International for the Faculty of Science and Engineering. He added “Curtin University already has a MoU and a student exchange agreement with IIT Madras in Ocean Engineering. In 2015, Curtin University will be sending a group of engineering students for a semester funded by the New Colombo Plan. The JDP agreement is aligned with Curtin’s vision for growth in international higher degree research students, joint publication with international authors, and mechanisms for strong interaction between IIT Madras and Curtin academic Scholars and Professors”.