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University of Madras and University of Melbourne deepen partnership to complement blended BSc program

The MoU aims at building onto the existing programs and enhancing research collaboration and exchange of ideas and experiences


Chennai, 12th September 2022: Recognizing the value of global academic collaboration, University of Melbourne, a leading Australian research university, has announced an MoU with University of Madras to further explore teaching and research opportunities.


Earlier this year, the universities announced a blended Bachelor of Science degree and have been working together to explore new and innovative ways of extending the partnership into additional disciplines and flexible program models.


The MoU enables the two universities to continue the program collaboration while also investigating how students, faculties and researchers can benefit through possible joint PhD opportunities, knowledge sharing for early to mid-level researchers, mobility options, workshops as well as study visits and staff exchanges.  Together, both institutions aim to initiate strong and sustainable Transnational Education (TNE) and Transnational Research (TNR) programs.


The existing BSc Blended program is currently offered in equivalence across the disciplines of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.  The University of Madras has already received a huge response to the program, with close to 300 registrations from the state of Tamil Nadu and across India.


The program will be offered to the 30 best students based on their application including their entrance score. The successful students will commence the course from 20th September 2022. The Roaster system, as offered by Tamil Nadu government, will be duly followed.


The extended partnership announced today will cover additional academic and research opportunities, as well as cultural exchange of students and faculty across all 86 departments at University of Madras.


Speaking at the occasion, Prof. Dr. S. Gowri, VC, University of Madras said, “We recognize the importance of international academic collaboration, and we see our partnership with the globally recognized University of Melbourne as a great opportunity for our students and faculty. This will give our students exposure to a diverse set of research subjects, with additional tools, experiences and faculty support. We look forward to working together in setting new benchmarks in higher education and enhancing research capabilities for Indian students.”


Professor Michael Wesley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) at the University of Melbourne, said the partnership with the University of Madras was a significant one.


“Our joint expertise enables students and faculty from both institutions to collaborate, learn from each other, and initiate research that has global relevance and critical impact,’’ Professor Wesley said


“We continue to work together on our high-quality BSc Blended program to explore how this could work in the humanities and social sciences, and to investigate additional flexible delivery models to suit students’ needs.”


The MoU paves the way for joint teaching programs (blended and dual degree programs at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in science, humanities, arts and social sciences) that may be introduced in the near future. The MoU was signed at the University of Madras campus by Professor Wesley and Professor Gowri.


The outcome will leverage the two institutions’ academic strengths and provide research scholars with mentorship from global experts, enable strong cultural and research connections, and provide access to the best facilities and resources.


About University of Melbourne

Australia’s leading, and one of its oldest, the University of Melbourne has been working for over 167 years to become one of the finest universities in the world, contributing to society in ways that enrich and transform our lives. We are considered Australia’s leading university and rank consistently among the world’s best (#33 Times Higher Education ranking, #41QS).


As a global leader in higher education, across six campuses, we convene brilliant minds from different disciplines and sectors to come together to address important questions and tackle grand challenges. In a disrupted world, that capacity has never been more important.


Our vision is to equip our students with a distinctive, future-facing education personalised around their ambitions and needs, enriched by global perspectives and embedded in a richly collaborative research culture. As active citizens and future leaders, our students represent our greatest contribution to the world, and are at the heart of everything we do.


About University of Madras

Madras University is the mother of almost all the old Universities of south India. The University area of jurisdiction has been confined to three districts of Tamil Nadu in recent years. This is consequent to establishment of various universities in the State and demarcation of the University territories. This University has been growing from strength to strength while widening its teaching and research activities. The University imparts both Under-Graduate and Post Graduate Education through the Affiliated Institutions which are spread over the districts of Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kancheepuram. Apart from teaching, research activities in Arts, Humanities, Science, Management and Technology shape the academic tenor of the University. A number of institutions affiliated to Madras University concentrate on research activities offering Ph.D., Programmes in their respective field of specialisation. The University has been accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with the five star rating first, and later with an A rating. The UGC has recognised the University as one of the centres for “potential for excellence” in the country