Shiv Nadar University Signs MoU with The University of Queensland, Australia

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28 Sep 2018

New Delhi, 26 September, 2018: Shiv Nadar University (a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, research-focused and student-centric university) today, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The University of Queensland, Australia (QS World University Rankings (48), Academic Ranking of World Universities (55), US News Best Global Universities Rankings (45) and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (65)). Dr Rupamanjari Ghosh, Vice Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University and Professor Peter Høj, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Queensland signed the agreement at the Australian High Commission in Delhi, in the presence of representatives of both the institutions. The MoU aims to facilitate faculty and student exchange programs, joint research initiatives including sharing of data and collaboration in a variety of areas. Both the universities have also agreed to exchange academic information, reading material and academic publications as part of the MoU.

Under this partnership, the plan is to enable the students to earn dual degrees for both undergraduate and post-graduate programs. For example, a student from the School of Engineering at Shiv Nadar University may receive a Bachelor’s Degree from both institutions after completing two years at Shiv Nadar University and two years at The University of Queensland (UQ). For obtaining a Master of Engineering degree from UQ, the student would have to complete two years at UQ, post studying for a period of three years at Shiv Nadar University, for a Bachelor’s degree. The MoU will be in effect for 5 years.

Commenting on the partnership, Dr Rupamanjari Ghosh, Vice Chancellor of the Shiv Nadar University, said, “At Shiv Nadar University, our focus has been to provide our students and faculty with a transformative and engaging experience. Given this, we are delighted to tie-up with the University of Queensland as we share the same teaching-learning philosophy, and an orientation favoring research and innovation. This partnership will provide an exciting opportunity for our students to learn to operate in diverse environments, a skill greatly valued in today’s globalized world.”

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said that, “The University is proud to include Shiv Nadar University among its growing network of students and research partners in India. UQ’s research, technology and student community has been enormously strengthened by our personal links with India’s higher education sector, and we are committed to fostering future collaboration in areas of global importance. This partnership enables both universities to offer truly global pathways for students – experience that is highly sought after by business and industry.”

About The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading teaching and research universities. For more than a century, UQ has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

UQ ranks among the world’s top universities, and with a strong focus on teaching excellence, has won more national teaching awards than any other Australian university.

In December 2017, UQ celebrated its 250,000th graduate joining its global alumni network, which includes approximately 13,800 PhDs. More than 52,000 current students – including the majority of Queensland’s highest academic achievers, more than 16,400 postgraduates, and approximately 15,400 international students from 135 countries – currently study across UQ’s three campuses in South East Queensland.

UQ’s six faculties, eight globally recognised research institutes and more than 100 research centres attract an interdisciplinary community of 1500 scientists, social scientists and engineers who champion research excellence and continue UQ’s tradition of research leadership. This is reflected in UQ being awarded more Australian Research Council funding ($25.8 million) for fellowships and awards commencing in 2017 than any other Australian university.

In 2017, UQ launched Not If, When – the Campaign to Create Change, a large-scale philanthropic initiative intended to raise significant funds to support three key priorities: empowering student success, transforming teaching and learning, and driving discovery and impact.

UQ is also one of only three Australian members of the global Universitas 21; a founding member of the Group of Eight (Go8) universities; a member of Universities Australia; and one of only three Australian charter members of the prestigious edX consortium, the world’s leading not-for-profit consortium of massive open online courses (MOOCs).

About Shiv Nadar University

Shiv Nadar University (www.snu.edu.in), a Shiv Nadar Foundation initiative, is a multidisciplinary, student-centric, research-focused university offering a full range of academic programs at the undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. Shiv Nadar University’s multidisciplinary curriculum provides students a strong foundation in disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, natural sciences, technology and engineering studies, communications and management, while enabling them to gain mastery of a subject of their choosing. Taught by world-class faculty, undergraduate education at the University is designed to develop students with the breadth of vision, knowledge, skills and attitudes required to succeed in the careers of the 21st century. Located on a 286-acre campus in India's National Capital Region, Shiv Nadar University is a private philanthropic institution established in 2011 through an act of the State of Uttar Pradesh. The university has been recognized as ‘University of the Year’, under the category – ‘in existence for less than 10 years’ at the 3rd FICCI Higher Education Excellence Awards.

About Shiv Nadar Foundation

The Shiv Nadar Foundation (www.ShivNadarFoundation.org) has been established by Shiv Nadar, Founder, HCL - a $8 billion leading technology and healthcare enterprise. The Foundation’s mission is to contribute to the process of national development and social transformation by establishing institutions and undertaking new initiatives in the fields of education and culture.  The Foundation is committed to the creation of a more equitable, merit based society by empowering individuals to bridge the socio-economic divide through philanthropy based transformational education.

The Foundation set up the SSN Institutions (www.SSN.edu.in) in 1996, comprising the SSN College of Engineering (already a highly ranked private engineering college in India), in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The Foundation has also set up VidyaGyan, a residential leadership academy for meritorious rural children, at Bulandshar and Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh. In addition, the Foundation runs the Shiv Nadar University (www.snu.edu.in), an international multidisciplinary university with strong research orientation located in Greater Noida in India’s National Capital Region and the Shiv Nadar School (www.shivnadarschool.edu.in), a network of progressive urban schools across India aimed to provide children with education that creates lifelong learners. The Foundation has also set up the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (www.knma.in), India’s largest private philanthropic museum in modern and contemporary art with the vision to take art to the common public.