30 joint PhDs from KU Leuven and University of Melbourne

30 joint PhDs from KU Leuven and University of Melbourne

KU Leuven and the University of Melbourne are teaming up to offer 30 joint PhDs to students as part of their ‘priority partnership’.

KU Leuven and University of Melbourne are teaming up for research collaborations and will jointly fund 30 PhDs, which are to be spread over three consecutive calls.

The Research Coordination Office (DOC) at KU Leuven as well as the research office in the University of Melbourne have already launched the first call for PhD projects.

The aim is to recruit suitable students who will start work on their PhD in the year 2021. 

KU Leuven and Melbourne forming a ‘priority partnership’

The universities hope to build on this for future opportunities for student exchange between the two universities. This exchange is not related to the Global PhD programme. 

The University in Melbourne believes that educational institutions should keep a lookout for developing international research links, irrespective of the fact that there may be constraints with regards to the movement of the PhD scholars. 

Professor Jim McCluskey, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research at the University of Melbourne, stated: “It is important that international research continues in all its forms, and can flourish, even though we face extremely challenging circumstances at present.

“This new PhD programme is a long-term commitment that will help build and broaden research activity between Melbourne and KU Leuven in the future.”

Internationalisation amidst COVID-19 a key focus for KU Leuven

KU Leuven believes that there might be a resurgence of the virus, but it shouldn’t affect the PhD programme as this is a long term collaboration.

By the time the doctoral projects are submitted and the student exchange is organised, they are hopeful that things will be different again. 

They further state that internalisation is an important aspect of the KU Leuven experience, even amidst COVID-19.  

Luc Sels, Rector of KU Leuven, said: “With some creativity and flexibility, we will always find a solution to any problem that may arise.

“Students who are unable to go abroad due to travel restrictions, for instance, might be able to take an online course from the partner institution of their choice on a KU Leuven campus.

“In any case, we look forward to welcoming our new international students and researchers with open arms in the next academic year, and we’ll make sure to give them an unforgettable KU Leuven experience.”

Pic: Dan Dimmock

Zahra Hamdani - Reporter, Global Education Times (GET News)

Zahra Hamdani is an Ireland-based reporter for Global Education Times who focuses on European and South Asian education news. When she is not writing for GET News, Zahra is a school-teacher and educationist with experience in both Primary and Secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland as well as in Pakistan.

You can reach Zahra at zahra@globaleducationtimes.org

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