A delegation of Australian National University (ANU) scientists, led by Dean of Science, Prof Kiaran Kirk visited the University of Hyderabad (UoH) on 4th September 2019. ANU is keen to increase their engagement in India, both in education and research aspects. UoH Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Appa Rao Podile, Pro Vice-Chancellors’ Prof. Arun Agarwal and Prof. B Raja Sekhar, Deans of the Schools and Director- International Affairs interacted with the delegation.

ANU is ranked 1 in Australia and 29 in the World as per QS Rankings. The main purpose of the visit was to learn more about University of Hyderabad (and to offer insights into ANU), explore educational and research collaborations, including but not limited to research partnerships, joint-programs, dual-programs, Dual-PhDs, etc.

The visiting team provided details on the ANU Future Research Talent (FRT) travel awards – a scheme specially designed for students from a select group of Indian institutions to conduct a research project at the ANU, and this would be applicable to University of Hyderabad scholars/students through this funding scheme. The Jagadish Endowment has been the motivation behind the FRT initiative and a student from University of Hyderabad has already conducted a research project at the ANU through the Jagadish Endowment grant last year.

The team consisted of Prof Kiaran Kirk, Dean of Science; Prof Peter Bouwknegt, Director, ANU Mathematical Sciences Institute; Prof Penny Brothers, Director, ANU Research School of Chemistry; A/Prof Jong Chow, ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering; A/Prof Sujatha Raman, Director of Research, ANU Centre for Public Awareness of Science and Mr Jay Poria, Manager, International Relations and Partnerships. They later visited the various Schools gave talks and interacted with the faculty and scholars.