Eyes of UNSW on Indian Researchers
UNSW – Of late, the higher education sector is set to get a massive boost which has been identified. To engage in research, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) is putting in place a ₹5,200 crore plan and hire early- and mid-career researchers from key economies, including India.
For research collaborations, UNSW in Sydney, one of the top 50 universities in the world, and is one of its key destinations ranging from public health to solar energy not just for student recruitment but in varied fields, smart cities and archaeological conservation. “In UNSW’s vision and research collaborations, India is a key partner and component of it,” said Amit Dasgupta, a retired diplomat who is now a country director at UNSW India.
To attract more students and further research collaborations, UNSW, ranked 45 in the QS World University Rankings, has prepared an India strategy. To 4,500 over the next few years, the university has 1,200 Indian students, and aims to take the number said Laurie Pearcey, pro-vice-chancellor (international), UNSW. Over the next decade from key markets, the university aims to attract up to 1,000 early to mid-career researchers to boost its academic excellence said, Pearcey.
Through research collaborations and global outreach, UNSW has identified three focus areas, academic research, industry and social engagements said, Pearcey.
“India is such an important as part of our strategy across all three pillars and an obvious partner for the university to focus on,” he said. To enhance engagement, the university has already opened an India centre in New Delhi he said.
“This year, the responses from Indian students have been encouraging. At UNSW, The number of Indians who took admission in 2018 is almost 75% more than what was our target,” Dasgupta said, adding that he is now reaching out to top Indian institutions and companies for tie-ups.
Among the top sectors for collaborations in India, Australia is now looking at India in a big way and its India economic strategy document identifies education. “For Australia, there is no sector with greater promise in India than education. To generate and attract the best and brightest, Australia’s future growth and prosperity will be driven by our ability” a vision document published earlier this year said.
In several fields, University authorities said UNSW is working with top medical chains and colleges, including Apollo hospital, Post Graduate Institute in Chandigarh, George Institute India and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences including post-trauma care research.