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Professor Peter Hodgson, Director of Research at Deakin University’s Institute for Technology Research Innovation, visited India in May to sign an MoU with the Hyderabad-based Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT).
“The MOU is mainly for research collaboration and student exchange,” Professor Hodgson said.
“The MOU also enables students registering for a PhD in IICT to spend part of the course period at Deakin and receive their degree from us.”
Professor Hodgson said research degrees at Deakin were designed to help students - no matter from which country they came - emerge from their studies ready to take their place in industry.
“The idea of research degrees has been going through a sea change in the last few years,” he said.
“Research isn’t a mere academic exercise. It is now looked at as a means of creating innovative products and services for the market. Helping students take the ‘leap’ towards earning a research degree, therefore, emerged as one of the priorities of our university.
“Our aim has been to prepare students to face the demands of industry. This is particularly important in India where industry has often felt the education system needs greater collaboration with foreign universities in order to provide a truly international learning environment.
“Also, we offer the best levels of skills and innovative thinking needed for students to perform well at work.”
For more information about ITRI: ITRI website
To read an interview with Professor Hodgson in the Deccan Herald: article