The Victorian Government has announced seven new global partnerships aimed at driving collaborative research and development within the higher education sector.


Seven Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) were signed between Victorian and Indian institutes following a bilateral education meeting in New Delhi that was attended by senior Indian and Victorian government leaders, university Vice- Chancellors and representatives from pre-eminent TAFE colleges and leading education providers.


The partnerships include:

  • MoU between Deakin University and the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore 
    A comprehensive research-based collaboration through which both organisations will undertake collaborative research, organise international conferences and seminars, produce publications, and potentially apply for funding for joint research from international agencies.
  • MoU between La Trobe University and HCL 
    HCL and La Trobe will collaborate to facilitate the development of the local Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry by conducting joint projects and recruitments, and creating awareness across the ICT sector through joint forums, seminars and sessions.
  • MoU between La Trobe University and Birla Institute of Technology (BITS) – Pilani 
    This partnership will promote knowledge exchange and co-operation in academic areas of research and teaching, and the sharing and dissemination of information and documentation in areas of interest.
  • MoU between the University of Melbourne and the University of Calcutta 
    This partnership will encourage closer academic co-operation and exchange, and will further build on the relationship already forged between the two universities. This will include reciprocal visits of staff and students, the sharing of information and other collaborative research activities. The MoU will also incorporate a range of collaborative research activities that involve the Australia India Institute.
  • MoU between the University of Melbourne, the University of Delhi and the University of Birmingham 
    A Masters level joint subject, co-designed and delivered at the University of Delhi, is the focus of this partnership. The subject is entitled Traditional and New Securities Challenges: South Asia in a Global Perspective. This partnership will further encourage Australian students to undertake part of their studies in India and build a future cohort of Australian graduates with Indian literacy and networks.
  • Partnership between Swinburne University and AutoCRC Jaypee University of Information Technology 
    Swinburne University, through its involvement with Auto CRC Visionary projects, is sponsoring a three-year project to determine consumer preference for the uptake of alternative energy transport in India. The study will identify issues which are hindering the use of alternative energy transport. Consumers in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Chandigarh and Shimla will take part in the study.
  • Partnership between Victoria University and Ganpat University to expand the delivery of twinning, dual awarded Masters courses in Engineering Science, Project Management and Business (Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management).


The delegation of Victorian higher education leaders at the meeting was the strongest ever to travel to India and included representatives of eight Victorian universities, six Vice-Chancellors from Victoria's most prestigious universities, 14 of Victoria's pre-eminent TAFE Institutes (including dual- sector), and other leading education providers.