A group of delegations from Auckland University, Newzealand visited the University of Hyderabad (UoH) on 10th and 11th November 2022. Prof. B.J. Rao, Vice-Chancellor, UoH, welcomed the Auckland delegation in the Administrative Section at his office. The idea is to strengthen the present linkages between the University of Hyderabad and Auckland University and explore collaboration opportunities and new strategic partnerships in the context of NEP 2020. Prof. B.J. Rao, in his presentation, emphasises the teaching, research, and project collaboration with the Auckland team by mapping faculty from both sides in their mutual area of expertise, student mobility programme, faculty exchange programme, joint research funding, and dual degree programme to start with. The meeting was attended by Prof. Chetan Srivastava, Director, International Affairs; Prof. V. Krishna, Dean of the School of Humanities; Prof. Y.A. Sudhakar Reddy, Dean of the School of Social Sciences; Prof. N. Siva Kumar, Dean of the School of Life Sciences, Dr. Alok Kumar Mishra, Associate Director, International Affairs.

Professor Robert Greenberg, Dean of Arts, Auckland University Newzealand accompanied by Professor Gregory D Booth, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Arts, Dr. Erin Griffey, Associate Dean, International, Dr. Carisa Showden, Senior Lecture, Faculty of Arts, and Dr. Ralph Buck, Associate Dean, International, Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries Administration presented about Auckland University and expressed their keen interest on the academic collaboration with the University of Hyderabad.

On 11th November 2022, a unique customised meeting was arranged with the School of Humanities, School of Social Sciences, School of Economics and School of Management and the SN School of Arts and Communication. The Auckland delegates, led by Dr. Alok Kumar Mishra, Associate Director, Office for International Affairs, interacted with the faculty members of these five schools and apprised and explored the possible areas of collaboration. At the end of the meeting, it was resolved with the Auckland delegation that the UOH would share the Faculty information along with their corresponding specialisation with the Auckland team for faculty-to-faculty mapping to start with. Both the University delegates have agreed upon student mobility, faculty exchange programme, summer and semester programme, and dual degree programme can be explored gradually to strengthen the collaboration.

Finally, the signed Memorandum of Understanding is exchanged between the University of Hyderabad and the University of Auckland.