Education New Zealand (ENZ) has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi (IIT Delhi) to establish a New Zealand Centre.
The New Zealand Centre is envisioned by ENZ to become a point of collaborative academic activity with IIT Delhi for eight NZ universities in India.
The New Zealand universities participating in the establishment of the New Zealand Centre in IIT Delhi include AUT University, University of Auckland, Massey University, University of Waikato, Victoria University of Wellington, University of Otago, University of Canterbury and Lincoln University.
Education New Zealand is the Government of New Zealand’s agency for international education.
IIT Delhi was established in 1961 in India’s capital Delhi, and is a public institute offering engineering courses. It holds the status of being one of Government of India’s “Institutes of Eminence (IoE)”.
Deeper India-NZ academic collaboration in focus
The MoU was signed at a two-day workshop held at IIT Delhi, which ENZ states “provided an opportunity for academics from NZ universities and IIT Delhi to discuss and develop projects for long term research collaboration”.
Alongside the establishment of the New Zealand Centre, the workshop also looked at other areas of collaboration such as sustainability, technologies for clean water, cyber security and data science.
ENZ and IIT Delhi expect the Centre will provide a setting to support student mobility, host academic exchange, promote inter-country dialogue across various sectors.
John Laxon, Regional Director for Asia at Education New Zealand, said: “A research-focussed New Zealand Centre at IIT Delhi builds on New Zealand’s status as the preferred education destination for students, with a 71 per cent increase in Indian students choosing to study in New Zealand universities in 2019.”
Establishing New Zealand Centre at IIT Delhi a ‘significant step’
Speaking at the workshop, Professor Jennifer Dixon, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Strategic Engagement at University of Auckland, said: “This is a significant step in New Zealand’s long-term education relationship with India. We are delighted to be engaging with IIT Delhi as the ideal partner to progress our research collaborations.
“We are dedicated to creating future global citizens and we look forward to the development of leading-edge research through the association.”
Reflecting on the MoU, Prof Sanjeev Sanghi, Dean of Alumni Affairs and International Programmes at IIT Delhi, said: “The New Zealand Centre embodies our efforts to embrace internationalization, open up opportunities for new research collaborations and increase global exposure for our students. We look forward to collaborating more with universities from New Zealand.”
$100,000 to be invested into 10 research projects
As part of the New Zealand Centre initiative, India’s Economic Times reported that IIT Delhi and the NZ universities will put in a combined $100,000 ($50,000 each) to fund 10 research projects to be pursued in collaboration by academics.
The chosen projects will be announced in June 2020 with the 10 successful projects receiving $10,000 each.
Pic: IIT Delhi
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