The University furthered its commitment to fostering international relations with the recent signing of a five-year Agreement of Friendship and Cooperation with O.P Jindal Global University (JGU) in India.
On September 5, Murdoch Vice Chancellor Professor Richard Higgott and JGU Vice Chancellor, Professor C. Raj Kumar signed the Agreement that sees both Universities establish ties of friendship and cooperation to promote mutual understanding and academic, cultural and personnel exchange.
JGU is a non-profit global university in Delhi dedicated to public service with a specialist focus in disciplines including law, business, international affairs, government and public policy and liberal arts and humanities.
The relationship with JGU was fostered by Pro Vice Chancellor Andrew Taggart over a period of 12-months, with discussions that saw strong links across areas of public policy; international relations, security and regional engagement emerge between both Universities.
“This Agreement is a significant step forward in fostering reciprocal international relations with universities outside of Australia,” Vice Chancellor Professor Richard Higgott said.
“Establishing strong links between two countries as powerful as India and Australia in areas of international law, security and public policy will ensure continued internationalisation and research excellence for both universities.
“The Agreement also provides opportunities for student exchange in 2015 under the Federal Government’s New Colombo Plan that offers Australian undergraduates new opportunities for scholarships, study grants and internships in the Indo Pacific region.”
Through this partnership, students studying in the Sir Walter Murdoch School will have the opportunity to complete two plus two degrees – completing two years of study at Murdoch, and two years of study at JGU to graduate with two degrees.
On the same day as the Agreement signing, JGU Vice Chancellor C. Raj Kumar also conducted a policy seminar at the Sir Walter Murdoch School on the topic of corruption and its impact on human rights in India.
This is one of many events that the Agreement will foster over the next five years, the next of which is a joint conference with both universities in Delhi in early 2015. The conference will focus on key public policy and international affairs issues facing the Indo-Pacific region which will further cement cooperation between both Universities and our two graduate Public Policy Schools.