Monash Warwick Alliance launched
In the mould of its latest partnership with Southeast University in China, Monash’s next venture involved formalising a well-developed relationship. In 2012, the universities created an alliance based on research and education exchange. The alliance would facilitate research collaboration, particularly in the sciences, medicine and cultural studies. Teaching is also furthered through the network, with a joint PhD program established, student exchanges and opportunities for undergraduate students to further develop their research skills through a joint conference and research journal publication.
Partnerships such as the Monash Warwick Alliance and the Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School contributed to Monash’s changing sense of the ‘global university’. Andrew Stewart Coats, the Alliance’s Academic Vice-President, suggests that the partnership indicates a shift towards a truer global integration of universities. While many universities have campuses or locations around the world, Monash and Warwick are ‘not a loose affiliation of some dozen or more universities, but a tight, yet broad, partnership between two proud universities who will co-develop courses, co-invest in technologies and attract the best researchers who want access to the best facilities – and the best students too.’