The Global Performance and Development unit has recently facilitated the following new Memoranda of Understandings (MOU) with global partners. These might be of interest to staff establishing global connections.
1. Renewal of MOU with The Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES) in Brazil
The original MOU was signed in 2013 with an Addendum. The renewal was proposed by Professor Dinesh Kumar, School of Engineering, and supported by the Executive Dean, Professor Adrian Mouritz.
It facilitates the exchange of research staff and students and joint research in the fields of science and engineering in particular. It also serves as a precursor for planned collaborative research supervision, particularly in the context of the newly launched Capes PrInt Brazilian government funding program.
UFES is a federally funded University located in the city of Vitoria, which has the highest growth rate in Brazil.
2. New MOU with Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amrita University in India
This MOU was proposed by Professor Nava Subramanian and Professor Simon Feeny in the College of Business, and supported by Professor Tim Fry, Head of the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing.
The agreement evolved from an established collaboration between RMIT’s College of Business with the Amrita School of Business and the Amrita Center for Economics and Governance and facilitates the exchange of staff and faculty, joint research and consultancy projects, joint funding applications and encourages exploration of student exchange and co-supervision of research students institute-wide.
Amrita University is one of the best research universities in India, with strong expertise in science, engineering, healthcare and biotechnology. It also hosts a Technology Business Incubator, in partnership with the Government Think Tank NITI Aayog.
3. New MoU with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in Malaysia
This MOU was proposed by Professor Rajarathinam Parthasarathy at the School of Engineering and endorsed by Professor Sujeeva Setunge, Deputy Dean Research and Innovation for the School of Engineering.
The agreement facilitates research collaboration, joint grant applications and collaborative PhD supervision.
UTM is a highly ranked public research university with strong competence in science, engineering and health. Of particular interest to RMIT is UTM’s Advanced Membrane Technology Centre (AMTEC) and the Department of Bioprocess Engineering which has an established collaboration with the RMIT WETT Research Centre.
4. New MOU with the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) in China
The agreement was proposed by Dr Ling Mei Cong from the Graduate School of Business and Law and endorsed by Professor Calum Drummond, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation. It focuses on collaborative postgraduate research programs, including Cotutelle and Joint PhD.
UCAS is the former Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Beijing and since 2014 is also admitting undergraduate students. UCAS is still under direct CAS supervision and enjoys full access to CAS’ cutting-edge research resources and expansive international network.
5. New MOU with the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
This MOU was proposed and established by Professor Peter Coloe, Pro Vice-Chancellor Science, Engineering and Health and Vice-President. It facilitates the exchange of faculty, staff and research students, and general student exchange for short-term summer programs. It also promotes collaboration in industrial research projects.
The Universty of Sheffield is a top-ranked public research university with strong industry partnerships, some of which – Siemens, BAE Systems and GSK for example – it has in common with RMIT. Sheffield University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and RMIT’s Advanced Manufacturing Precinct plan to explore multi-partite arrangements with industries in both countries.