Deakin is collaborating on education research with one of the world's leading research-intensive universities.
The recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Deakin University’s Centre for Research for Educational Impact (REDI) and the Centre for Higher Education Futures (CHEF) of the Danish School of Education within Denmark’s Aarhus University will increase research collaboration opportunities for both institutions.
The ceremony in Copenhagen on 22 August was officiated by the Australian Ambassador to Denmark, Iceland and Norway, Ms Mary-Ellen Miller.
Director of REDI, Professor Julianne Moss, said the MoU would encourage collaboration in a number of areas between the two Centres, including academic staff collaboration in research, teaching and learning, general academic collaboration and development and implementation of student mobility and staff exchange programs.
“Aarhus University and Deakin have a long-standing partnership, including a successful university-wide student exchange agreement, and research collaboration in business, economics and education. Many of the staff from both institutions have a long history of research collaboration with each other,” Professor Moss said.
“The recent MoU formalises this, but also offers a new focus framed around higher education research. Working together, we have the opportunity to develop our capacity and become centres of excellence within this field of research.
“Collaboration between REDI and CHEF will focus on research into higher education such as developments across the sector, the role of higher education in our societies, internationalisation and changing practices in pedagogy.”
Professor Moss said the signing of the MOU also signified Deakin and Aarhus’s commitment to student and staff mobility, joint research and publications, joint workshops, and the development of PhD cotutelles.
Aarhus University is Denmark’s second largest and is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world. It shares Deakin’s philosophy of global connection and collaboration for researchers and students, with exchange programs in place with over 50 institutions around the world.
The agreement between the two universities comes as Deakin strengthens its international research collaborations in Denmark, with the recent visit of a delegation from the University of Copenhagen in early August.
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Professor Julianne Moss, Director of REDI