(From left) Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation PhD student Elizabeth Worrall, Reseach Fellow Dr Karl Robinson and agricultural biotechnologist Professor Neena Mitter at UQ's Gatton campus


The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions, with campuses at St Lucia, Gatton, Herston and other locations throughout Queensland.

UQ is forming partnerships with institutions and industry in India and building articulation pathways and R&D collaborations there.

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What they achieved

UQ is collaborating closely with the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi to attract students to participate in UQ’s prestigious PhD programs. It also has a number of MOUs with other Indian universities.

How they did it

UQ recognised the abundance of qualified students in India and wanted to set up partnerships with Indian universities so students could matriculate into UQ’s PhD programs.

They also recognised the tenfold increase in industry R&D spending in India in the past decade, which in 2019 was around 25% of the total global spend on R&D.

In addition, India has the world’s largest group of young people aged 18–24.

UQ undertook a comprehensive assessment process to find suitable partners in India to advance their market aspirations there. The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi was identified as a good partner based on its access, geography, reputation and other factors.
Several Queensland Government agencies then helped UQ negotiate an agreement with their new Indian partner.