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ECU-India collaborations

Monday, 16 July 2012


Exciting collaborative research projects and new opportunities for student exchange are some of the expected outcomes from an ECU delegation visit to the Indian subcontinent.

ECU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) and President Professor Tony Watson will visit higher education institutions in India, Nepal and Bangladesh this month.

The visit will build on ECU’s existing links with organisations in the region, with research collaborations in the areas of eAgriculture, engineering and Alzheimer’s disease.

“ECU is very proud of our existing teaching and learning agreements, which have provided Indian students with the opportunity to complete ECU programs, undertake exchange study at our Western Australian campuses or have ECU staff supervise their research,” Professor Watson said.

“We look forward to strengthening our relationships with Indian and Nepalese institutions in the future,” Professor Watson said.

Professor Watson will visit:

  • The University of Mumbai (UM), India – ECU enjoys close links with UM, with an MOU signed in 2011. Dr Armstrong has been appointed an Adjunct Faculty Member and is involved in research collaboration with UM staff;
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, India – Dr Armstrong already undertakes research with IIT’s Centre of Studies in Resources Engineering. ECU and IIT will explore opportunities for further collaboration in IT , engineering and nanotechnology;
  • The National Education Society (NES), India – NES signed an MOU with ECU in 2010, with ECU now seeking to provide courses in business, IT, engineering, health and communication;
  • Ansal Institute of Technology (AIT), India – AIT currently has a pathway program with ECU in the area of nursing; and
  • Norvic Institute, Nepal – ECU already provides advanced standing to Norvic nursing students. An MOU was signed earlier this month between ECU and Norvic with the intention of expanding this arrangement for business, IT, engineering, nursing and medical science courses.

ECU has run the very successful Student Ambassador Program for several years, providing ECU students with the chance to visit Indian cities and villages and take part in industry and cultural tours.

ECU has several research collaborations with Indian institutions. ECU School of Computer and Security Science Senior Lecturer Dr Leisa Armstrong is the co-leading researcher on a project with IIT.

The project is data mining data mining huge volumes of agricultural records, climate and soil data. Researchers are seeking patterns which can help make predictions as to the effects of drought and the increasing impact of climate change.

“It will allow farmers and scientists to make better decisions about the farming systems and crops which will be suited to their farming district and the changing environments under predicted climate change scenarios,” Dr Armstrong said.


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