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Deakin's approach to partnerships that provide real world solutions was recognised at the annual Business/Higher Education Round Table Awards in 2008. Deakin has many research partnerships with government and industry, a handful of which are outlined here.
Research in Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences is supported by a University-wide partnership with the Department of Human Services (Barwon South-Western Region). The School of Nursing has a clinical partnerships program with eight large private and public Victorian hospitals. The key element of each partnership is a joint research appointment. The program enables staff from the University to work closely with clinicians at the partner hospitals in research of direct relevance to the hospitals, and provides opportunities for research students to undertake projects in clinical settings.
The School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and the School of Health and Social Development have many active research collaborations, including VicHealth, the Heart Foundation, the Australian and Victorian Institutes of Sport, and Food Science Australia. The School of Medicine's Metabolic Research Unit partnership with ChemGenex Pty Ltd provides the University with a state of the art gene sequencing platform and supports the Metabolic Research Unit's search for novel genes in Diabetes and Obesity. Deakin is also the site World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention.
Deakin University's Faculty of Arts and Education has a new memorandum of understanding with UNESCO to facilitate the development of museum capacity building projects in the Asia-Pacific Region. Deakin is also a proud sponsor of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre, the Warrnambool Entertainment Centre and the Warrnambool Art Gallery.
Deakin's School of Management and Marketing has been supported and utilised by a wide range of prominent industry partners including the Australian Football League, Ford Australia and the Federal Department of Environment and Heritage.
BioDeakin is a multi-disciplinary grouping of scientists encompassing the University's strengths in biosciences, and it was created to advance scholarship, research and teaching across a range of applied biotechnology areas. Via BioGeelong, Deakin collaborates with Barwon Health, CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratories, CSIRO Textiles and Fibre Technology, Primary Industries Victoria Marine and Freshwater Research Institute, The City of Greater Geelong, The Gordon Institute of TAFE, PathCare and Coulter Roache.
Deakin's Schools of Engineering and Information Technology have partnerships with companies such as Alcoa, GM Holden, Nylex, Nissan, IBM and Intel, government bodies such as Victoria Police, DSTO and CSIRO, and a range of international universities and government bodies including Wuhan and Yale Universities and NASA.
Deakin recently officially opened its new Deakin India Research Initiative (DIRI) in Hyderabad. DIRI joins Deakin University's world-leading expertise in materials sciences, nanotechnology and biotechnology in research partnerships with some of India's leading companies, research institutes and universities. Deakin has more than 50 partnerships in India, including Biocon, BigTec, VIMTA, Evolva, Shankara Nethralaya Eye Research Foundation, The Energy Research Institute (TERI), and TATA Steels.