BANGALORE, November 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ —
Manipal University and University of Wollongong Australia signed a general Memorandum of Understanding for students and faculty exchange, working in various areas ranging from engineering, humanities and sciences, medicine, and business, aside from other disciplines. The signatories of the Memorandum of Understanding were, Dr. H. Vinod Bhat, Vice Chancellor, Manipal University and Professor Paul Wellings, CBE, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Wollongong, Australia.
Manipal University is indeed proud to announce the strategic partnership with UOW, one of the leading research institutions in Australia. For Manipal University, having collaborative ties with a variety of universities in Australia, this represents an additional expansion in the Australian continent.
“Manipal University is the most well-known university in the country for going international,” said Dr. Vinod Bhat. “We have campuses in different parts of the world, we have teaching faculty and students going to different universities of the world; we have faculty from overseas coming and teaching our students, we have joint degree programs and even research programs with universities abroad.” Talking about the MoU signing today, he said that it was a significant moment for both universities. “The MoU being a general agreement, we can have students of a number of our institutions going to UOW for electives or a semester with them,” he said.
Dr. Bhat also informed that at the recent FICCI education conference in Delhi, Manipal University was declared the best Indian University for international admissions. And this is because of the international office in Manipal University which has taken the university’s agreements to over 300 in the world.
Prof. Wellings said that he was delighted to enter into this partnership with Manipal University. “It will be a long-term commitment in India and with Adam Gilchrist as our Ambassador, we like to do a whole range of things with universities in India. Each year about a thousand Indian students join us at Dubai or Wollongong and we’d like to strengthen our relations with Manipal and this part of the world. We share common values, we share common goals.
He also spoke about some of the courses in UOW and said that their medical school was the only one in Australia which was specifically designed to deal with regional and rural medical education. “We are really looking forward to working together and make for meaningful action. We have lots to learn from this relationship,” Prof. Wellings said.
Adam Gilchrist also spoke on the occasion as a Brand Ambassador of the university and Ambassador of Australia. For education in India he also expressed happiness at the collaboration and hoped that it would benefit both universities immensely. To a question, he said, “I feel that the Australian education sector has a lot to offer in a collaborative spirit.” He also said that UOW offers a sports scholarship which provides an opportunity for young students to study at our campus in Wollongong and pursue cricketing desires. It is a scholarship given by the Bradman foundation. After the MoU was signed, Adam interacted with the students of Manipal University at the indoor sports complex, Marena.
Dr. Ramjee K, Director, International Collaborations spoke briefly about the MoU between the two universities before the sigining ceremony. He said, “The two of us share commonalities, in terms of age, number of disciplines and the student and faculty strength. In addition, we share a common vision of internationalization by being pioneers in establishing overseas campuses; Wollongong, being the first Australian University and Manipal being the first Indian University, to establish their respective campuses in Dubai.”
About Manipal University
Manipal University is synonymous with excellence in higher education. Over 28,000 students from 57 different nations live, learn and play in the sprawling University town, nestled on a plateau in Karnataka’s Udupi district. It also has nearly 2500 faculty and almost 10000 other support and service staff, who cater to the various professional institutions in health sciences, engineering, management, communication and humanities which dot the Wi-Fi-enabled campus.
The University has off-campuses in Mangalore and Bangalore, and off-shore campuses in Dubai(UAE) and Melaka (Malaysia). The Mangalore campus offers medical, dental, and nursing programs. The Bangalore campus offers programs in Regenerative Medicine. The Dubai campus offers programs in engineering, management and architecture, and the Melaka campus offers programs in medicine and dentistry.
For more information, visit: http://manipal.edu/mu.html
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