Deakin joins with Rajasthan Royals to develop Indian sport opportunities

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28 February 2023

Deakin University has joined with Indian Premier League team Rajasthan Royals to support and promote participation in Indian sport - on and off the field.

Deakin's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Iain Martin was in India and signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise the next phase of the long-standing partnership between the two organisations.

"Deakin is thrilled to renew our long-standing partnership with the Rajasthan Royals, which marks a significant step towards strengthening the ties between the sport loving nations of India and Australia," Professor Martin said.

"The MoU signifies the mutual interest and commitment towards fostering collaboration in sport research and education. This partnership will help to create new opportunities and pave the path for the two nations to share knowledge and expertise."

Deakin is the global leader in sport research and education with its School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences topping the 2022 Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments - marking the fourth year it has topped the list since 2016.

As part of this partnership, a joint scholarship for Indian students, in association with the Rajasthan Royals and Neerja Modi School, has been launched. The scholarship will provide financial support for students to pursue higher education in Australia, with a focus on sports-related courses.

Deakin will contribute to the scholarship fund and the partnership will establish the Shane Warne Memorial to create initiatives to enhance education and skills in sports as an emerging career of choice, especially for students who desire to be part of the global sports industry.

In addition to the scholarship, the Deakin University Women in Sports and Exercise (WISE) hub will host a joint conference with Rajasthan Royals in India. The key objective of this conference will be to enhance the participation of women in sports by challenging, changing, and advancing the sports industry by equipping the participants with skills to help women be job ready across sports and sport-related roles.

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