Today, IIT Delhi and the University of Queensland have jointly established the UQ-IITD Academy of Research. Joint Ph.D. programs will be offered by the UQIDAR to support the scholars of diverse discipline areas in order to deliver global impact.
A large number of students are aimed to get trained under the joint Ph.D. program that will be supervised by the professors at both IIT Delhi and UQ.
Already, over 65 top Ph.D. scholars have been attracted to the program in various disciplines. The program is now two years old. In the next three years, the institutes aim to have approximately 300 students enrolled.
The students of UQIDAR will spend time in both Australia and India. Typically, students from India will spend three years at IIT-Delhi, and one year at UQ. Similarly, the students of UQ will spend 3 years at UQ and a year at IIT-Delhi.
The focus of UQIDAR will be on interdisciplinary themes. The five identified themes include- feeding the world, healthy aging, technology for tomorrow, resilient environment, and transforming societies.
Prof Deborah Terry AO, Vice-chancellor and President, UQ, said that the partnership between the two universities was focused on strengthening multi-disciplinary research collaboration as they sought to find solutions to those types of threats.