IIT Kharagpur and the University of Auckland on Monday had signed an MoU (memorandum of understanding) to foster academic exchange and research collaboration, faculty exchange and visiting/adjunct appointments, student mobility.
The pact brings together University of Auckland and the esteemed IIT Kharagpur to explore opportunities for research in healthcare technologies, new materials, cyber security and artificial Intelligence.
In a release by IIT Kharagpur, Jenny Dixon, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Strategic Engagement at University of Auckland was quoted as saying, “The SPARC program of India is of specific interest to us. There are several research areas which are of mutual interest for both institutions and we would be deciding on the detailed areas of work leading to exchange of faculty and students”.
The MoU also involves the scope of outreach centers at IIT Kharagpur and Auckland representing various prestigious higher educational institutions of both countries.
“We are the nodal institution for New Zealand for the Ministry of Human Resources Development. We can coordinate with other institutions in the country through a joint research center specifically, a New Zealand Centre at IIT Kharagpur and an India Centre at Auckland” said IIT Kharagpur Director P P Chakrabarti.
New Zealand has around 8 similar centers put up in China for eight universities which focuses on teaching programs, research collaborations, students and faculty exchange.
The two institutes are further looking for possibilities of a Dual Masters and Doctoral programmes and a collaborative B.Tech. – M.Tech. Programme.
“At IIT Kharagpur, we have been striving to ensure global exposures to gain in-depth knowledge in core disciplines as well as expertise across disciplines are offered in collaboration with leaders in various areas of academia. The thrust areas in consideration for this collaboration are also in concurrence with our country to make giant leaps in healthcare, economy and quality of life,” said Baidurya Bhattacharya, Dean, International Relations, IIT Kharagpur.
Currently, Indian students have a significant representation in New Zealand which form third largest student community in the country. The students mostly enroll in science, engineering and business.
The land of kiwis also provides international students an opportunity of post-study employment in the country as the students can apply for 3-year work visa after completing their degree.