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Ashoka University signs its first MoU in Australia with University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne (UoM) to be the first partner university in the country


23 September, 2022 | 4m read

In its first MoU with an Australian institute, Ashoka University has cemented its relationship with University of Melbourne (UoM) to promote collaborative research, student and faculty exchange.

Ashoka University, represented by Pro Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Rajesh Garodia and University of Melbourne, represented by Deputy Associate Dean (International – India) Dr. Dolly Kikon inked the MoU on September 5th.

Faculty and senior leaders from both universities have been in conversation for several years. Numerous engagements between the two universities have taken place in the past which included semester study abroad at UoM by Ashoka students, connection with the India center and faculty research collaborations in specific, with Trivedi Center for Political Data (TCPD).  

Ashoka students have also got admission into the masters and Ph.D. programmes at the University of Melbourne.

“I am very excited and happy to see this MoU signed with the University of Melbourne especially since we have been working on it for a few years. It opens opportunities for students and faculty to collaborate on various fronts with UoM,” said Vanita Shastri, Dean of Global Education & Strategic Partnerships at Ashoka University.

In April 2022, a delegation from the University of Melbourne that included Professor Timothy Lynch, Associate Dean (International) and Dr Dolly Kikon, Deputy Associate Dean India visited Ashoka and held in-depth conversations with faculty and the Office of Global Education and Partnerships (GESP).

This led to the detailed modalities of the partnership, whereby both universities aim to start collaboration on various fronts including student and faculty exchanges in 2023. 

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