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RMIT builds its chemistry with Indian scholars

As part of the Victorian trade mission, RMIT University Vice Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardener was in India last week.

The University, globally known for technology and design education, did not sign any MoU on Day One, but according to Gardner, they will be establishing new global partnerships during the trip. RMIT has three campuses in Melbourne and two in Vietnam. In India, RMIT have several collaborations; the noted one is the partnership with Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad.

‘RMIT is known for its expertise in chemical technology, which includes textile technology, and is very relevant for India,’ Gardner said. Known for its International Industry Experience and Research Program (RIIERP) worldwide, RMIT enjoys an international reputation for excellence in practical education and outcome-oriented research in engineering fields like automotive, aerospace, civil, and electrical engineering. RIIERP creates international links for the students and gives them global exposure.

RMIT is into cutting-edge research in nanomaterials, sports technology and exercise sciences, besides being known for its architecture, landscape and industrial design programmes. Though the number of Indian students enrolled into RMIT is still in hundreds, the Vice Chancellor is hopeful about the Victorian super trade mission to leverage itself and in the process, attract more Indian students to RMIT.

‘We have a joint Ph.D. programme with the IICT and most of the Indian students at RMIT are at the research level. ‘The numbers should increase after this trip,’ Gardner added. Her hope may not be misplaced.

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