• 2013 December - UQ sponsorship of the Australia India Address - UQ maintains its corporate membership of the Australia India Business Council (AIBC) to contribute toward greater development of Australia–India linkages and cooperation. In 2013, UQ was the major sponsor of the annual AIBC Australia India Address which was delivered by and UQ Alumnus Mr Peter Varghese AO, Secretary of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
  • 2013 June - UQ signed an MoU with Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
  • 2012 January - UQ signed an MoU with the prestigious Indian Institute of Science (IISc)
  • 2012 March - UQ signed an MoU with Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
  • 2012 December - The second Senior Executive Mission to India, led by the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Debbie Terry, travelled to India from 4 - 11 December 2012.  Key objectives of the mission were to consolidate UQ engagement with priority Indian partners including the Indian Institute of Science, Department of Biotechnology and Jawaharlal Nehru University as well as to build on UQ’s profile in India, highlight UQ research strengths in India, foster opportunities for research collaboration and broaden opportunities for UQ Faculties, Institutes, Schools and centres to engage with Indian institutions such as the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore; University of Agricultural Sciences, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, IIT Bombay and Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
  • 2012 December - Global Leadership Series, New Delhi, India - Key note speaker, Professor Hugh Possingham delivered a presentation entitled ‘The Business of Nature Conservation’ to an audience comprised of high calibre alumni, Indian university and NGO representatives.
  • 2012 December - UQ participated in the 4th McDonnell Academy Global Energy and Environmental Partnership (MAGEEP) symposium held at IIT Bombay. The event focused on the theme of ACCESS: Abundant, Clean, & Cost-effective Energy Systems for Sustainability. UQ supported the event with a strong contingent led by Professor Debbie Terry, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor. The Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor was accompanied by Dr Anna Ciccarelli, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International); Professor Chris Greig, Director of the UQ Energy Initiative; Professor Robert Henry, Director of QAAFI; Professor Paul Meredith, VC Senior Research Fellow; Professor Tapan Saha, Professor Leading Australian Research university.

Student exchange, outward mobility to India, and creating opportunities for UQ students to broaden their cultural experiences and knowledge of India, remain an important objective of UQ’s long term engagement with India.

  • Indian language and culture at UQ - UQ is proud of its contribution to the Brisbane community’s knowledge and appreciation of Indian language and culture. Current Indian language and culture highlights at UQ include:
o    An expanding team of UQ staff and students are studying the Mahabharata.
o    The UQ Institute of Modern Languages has taught Hindi since 1967 and recent popularity has led to an increase in expert teaching staff.
o    UQ is one of very few Australian universities to teach Sanskrit.
o    No other Australian university offers a course in Hinduism and our student numbers in this course have tripled in recent years. 
  • School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work India Program - There is growing interest amongst UQ students for short-term overseas study tour experiences which provide credit towards their study program. The UQ School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work has developed an outstanding study experience program which has operated since 2011. The school has built strong cooperation with Community Aid Alliance, a non-profit development support organisation based in in Bangalore, India. Together they have facilitated field work placements for 4th year social work students where students complete 15 week field work placements in Indian organisations active in a range of community projects. The success of this program is providing a model for other UQ schools to implement similar programs for their students.
  • 2013 August - UQ School of Business, MBA Tour of India -20 UQ Master of Business Administration students took part in a week-long trip, designed to give them detailed insight into the fast-growing Indian market and the business, political, economic and cultural factors which help to shape it. Students met companies from a range of sectors, including IT and technology, pharmaceutical, marketing, resources, retail and banking, and attended lectures at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad on subjects including IT and outsourcing, innovation and entrepreneurship. Further details are available here
  • 2014 December – UQ St Leo’s ‘India Immersion’ program - During December 2014 UQ St Leo’s will conduct its fourth ‘India Immersion’ program for UQ students. The program will include volunteer service activities in Kolkata. Participants will break up into small groups and work at various Missionary of Charity homes and hospitals alongside other young volunteers from all parts of the world. The program will include visits to Varanasi, Delhi, Agra and Jaipur before heading South to Chennai. In Chennai participants will work with children at M.I.T.H.R.A. – a home founded by the late Sr Mary Theodore (of Queensland) and Prema Vasam. Further details are available here


UQ research expertise strongly complements the Indian Government's national development agenda for science and technology. UQ is well placed to cooperate with our Indian institutional, industry and government partners to collaborate in their efforts across all areas of global challenge.

Historically, UQ-India research partnerships have been concentrated within key partner institutions, in specific research discipline areas. As a leading national and global research intensive university, there remains tremendous opportunity for UQ to greatly increase its breadth of research partnerships across India, and depth of research cooperation with current Indian partners.

Collaborative research between UQ and India in recent years has been largely focussed in the schools of Biological Science, Population Health, Agriculture & Food Science, Chemistry & Molecular Bioscience, Medicine, Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, however research connections and ad-hoc collaborations are widely spread across many UQ faculties and institutes.
Some outstanding examples of UQ-India research collaboration on issues of significant global concern include:
  • 2010-2013 - UQ India Seed Funding Initiative –UQ establishedThe UQ India Seed Funding Initiative (UQISFI) with an aim to support early stage UQ collaborative engagement efforts in India. The initiative provided over $350,000 to UQ faculties, institutes, schools and centres for India engagement projects.
  • 2013 October - Australia India Research Science Fund - UQ submitted nine application under the Australia India Research Science Fund (AIRSF)funding rounds in 2013 and was rewarded with the university’s largest number of awards in a single AIRSF round. UQ academics successful in the 2013 round included:
    • Associate Prof Benjamin Burton - Indian Institute of Science - $295,972
    • Dr Annaliese Mason - Punjab Agricultural University - $299,688
    • Prof Matthew Cooper - Indian Institute of Chemical Technology - $282,365
  • 2013 November – UQ-India Clean Energy Workshop - The UQ-India Clean Energy workshop brought together 18 leading international scientists from Indian universities and research institutes and The University of Queensland working in catalysis, materials and renewable energy - one of the most exciting fields in science and technology.  The scientific program consisted of plenary lectures that covered the latest research innovations.  The workshop provided an ideal platform to promote in-depth scientific communication and collaborations for researchers working in this exciting multidisciplinary field from India and Australia.
  • 2014 May - Australia-India Food Security – In May 2014, UQ hosted a collaborative workshop for a consortium of researchers led by Associate Professor Gimme Walter, The University of Queensland and Professor Chandrasekaran Subramaniam, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University under the ‘Grand Challenge Priority Theme of Food Security’. The Australia-India Strategic Research Fund awarded a $3 million grant in support of the ‘Grand Challenge Priority Theme of Food Security’ to Associate Professor Walter, The University of Queensland and Professor Chandrasekaran Subramaniam, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in 2012. The project involves an alliance of researchers from The University of Queensland, the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, the Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology, and the Central Food Technological Research Institute and is designed to improve postharvest protection of the grain supply chain by effective management of phosphine (PH3) resistance in insect pests. Details of the project are available here


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