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Australian fast bowler Brett Lee will be the face of Deakin University’s activities in India.
Mr Lee will assist with the promotion of the Deakin India Research Institute (DIRI), which will develop research opportunities in India and Australia, for the benefit of people in both countries.
Mr Lee will also have a key role in shaping a new charitable fund that is part of the Institute. The fund will support working on projects such as setting up water filtration plans and creating better sanitation programs, which will make a difference to the lives of million of Indians.
Deakin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Sally Walker said she was thrilled that Mr Lee had agreed to assist in the promotion.
‘Mr Lee is a highly talented young Australian who, through great dedication and hard work, has achieved an enormous amount in Test cricket,’ she said.
‘Like Deakin, Mr Lee is highly respected both in Australia and India. What we are doing in India is unique. Deakin is the first Australian university to establish its own research institute in India.
‘As Mr Lee said to me when we first met to talk about this partnership, there are similarities between what he has done and what Deakin University is trying to do as we strive to succeed in a highly competitive higher education sector. At Deakin we are absolutely dedicated to working hard to achieve quality outcomes in our research and our teaching. This is not dissimilar to the single-minded determination that he has had so as to achieve as a cricketer.’
Mr Lee said he was excited by the partnership because, as well as being able to assist people in India to improve their education and living standards, many of the research projects would be relevant and advantageous to Australia.
‘There is already a great relationship between Australia and India in cricket and in business,’ the champion fast bowler said.
‘What has attracted me to this relationship with Deakin University is that I am convinced that Deakin is committed to a genuine and equal partnership with India. To be able to exchange research ideas, to have Australian students working in India, and Indian students studying in Australia, is going to help people in both countries.’
Deakin University is also cementing its relationships in India by announcing its support for the iCONGO awareness-building initiative, the RIGHT every WRONG movement.