Delegates from Indian University visits Australian University

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Australian La Trobe University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with leading Indian universities and institutes such as IIT – Madras, Lady Shri Ram College, BITS Pilani, Delhi Technological University and Presidency College in Bangalore earlier this year. To strengthen this relationship, a team of five members of Indian delegates was invited by the La Trobe University to visit its main Melbourne campus and witness one of its ceremonies of its new La Trobe Melbourne state-of-the-art building for international students. It’s a five storey building with a capacity of accommodating 1000 students is expected to be completed by 2014. The estimated cost for the structure is $45 million. The composition of the team that visited Australia comprised of  principals from top ranking colleges i.e.  Dr Meenakshi Gopinath from Lady Shri Ram College (for women) in  New Delhi,  Dr Frazer Mascarenhas from S.J, St Xaviers College in Mumbai, Dr Tomy Padinjareveettil from St Berchmans College in Kerala, Dr Ravindrasinh Pardeshi from Fergusson College in Pune and Aaron O Shannesey from  Asia Education Foundation. To take this relationship forward the team was greeted by a number of professors from the Australian University which included Dr Peter Friedlander, Dr Trevor Hogan, Dr Gregory Bailey, Professor Lin Crase, Professor Alberto Gomes, Dr Markandeya Jois, Dr Kay Souter, Dr Thomas Weber, Professor Ainslie Dewe, Eva Fisch, Abizer Merchant, Nandi Lakshmanan and Diana Heatherich. The event was taken to the next level with a summary given by the faculty members of  La Trobe University regarding their diverse work and research interests in India to help Indian College Principals in preparing enhance collaborations with the Australian university.

Professor Dewar, Vice-Chancellor and President of La Trobe University, shared that one of the biggest challenges for institutions is how to integrate international students into the local community. The variety of possible collaborations between La Trobe University and Indian education institutions and opportunities that can be created for the benefit of Indian students were discussed. Further, the La Trobe University faculty shared their happiness with Indian delegates on the IRON PROGRAM which proved to be very successful in Kerala. The program has resulted in more than 160 graduates, out of which 100 graduates are from India.

Professor Rosenberg, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President is of the view that faculty exchange will facilitate relationships for teaching and research links, which could then lead to study tours and increased opportunities for our students to visit India as part of the internationalization of their study at La Trobe. The La Trobe University professors said that there will be more study tours to India. They also took a note to teach Hindi on a regular basis at La Trobe University as it is the key for providing a solid base to work on future projects. The Indian delegates also appreciated the vast collection of Indian books in La Trobe University’s library which consists of publications varying in age from the 1700s to 1900s.