UQ visits India to strengthen ties and promote student scholarships

High achieving students from across India will be eligible to receive international scholarships at one of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities.

The University of Queensland India High Achievers Scholarship, valued at 20%* of total program tuition fees, is open to eligible Indian students who enrol in a range of full-time programs.

UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry Chancellor Peter Varghese recently travelled to India to promote the scholarships and met with partners in Delhi and Bangalore.

"UQ is committed to fostering relationships with India to ensure its research and innovation delivers change ," Professor Terry said.

"One of the best ways we can forge enduring links and a deeper understanding is to have students immersed in education and the culture of another country.

"UQ has enjoyed strong academic links with India for more than 50 years, and these uncapped scholarships will offer this opportunity to high performing students in India."

While in India, the UQ delegation met with education, industry and government partners including the Australian High Commissioner, the Ministry of Education, the University Grants Commission and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Mr Varghese said the bilateral relationship was an important strategic focus for Australia and close people-to-people links had enabled the countries to make significant progress and grow markets globally.

"A growing Indian economy will need more of the things Australia is well-placed to provide, from education services to resources and energy, from food to health care and from tourism to environmental management," Mr Varghese said.

"An even deeper partnership across education and training will lift the reputation of Australia’s universities in India and address our national challenges on a global level."

Mr Varghese said the flagship research partnership, the UQ-IITD Research Academy , was just one example of how collaboration was transforming the Australia-India research landscape.

More than 100 students are enrolled in the joint PhD program at the Academy.

"Together we are finding solutions to global challenges and problems - from renewable energy technologies to vaccine development and innovative urban planning," Mr Varghese said.

The UQ delegation renewed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indian Institute of Science (IISC) in Bangalore, committing to research collaboration in various areas of expertise.

* For example, a student undertaking a four-year Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) may receive a tuition fee reduction of approximately $40,000AUD (20+ lakh).