Award-winning Monash Warwick Alliance renewed for further five years
The Operating Agreement - renewing the Monash Warwick Alliance - will encourage partnerships in research and education to continue between the two institutions, allow students from Warwick and Monash to study on the other side of the world, and foster new opportunities.
The Alliance has generated global acclaim – recently having been awarded the ‘International Education Award’ at the 2016 Australian Financial Review Higher Education Awards.
Within days of that accolade, the Alliance also won the ‘Excellence in Innovation in Partnership and International Engagement’ at the Victorian International Education Awards in Melbourne, Australia.
Over the next year, almost 90 Warwick students from across 16 departments will study at Monash - with almost 70 Monash students, in turn, coming to Warwick.
In 2016, over 1000 students have engaged in Alliance activities, with over 100 participating in student exchange.
Thanks to the Alliance, there are currently 19 students enrolled on joint PhD programmes at both Warwick and Monash. They study a broad spectrum of subjects, including Philosophy, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, Law, Film & TV Studies, and Theatre Studies.
Further, there are over 50 members of staff across both institutions who hold honorary or adjunct positions at the other university - and so far, over 600 academics have been involved in 64 Alliance supported projects.
Several joint professorships have been introduced during the Alliance, to head up signature collaborations in diverse research fields – from nanotechnology to healthcare implementation.
Academic Vice-President and Director of Monash Warwick Alliance Professor Andrew Coats said the partnership has grown strongly in its first term.
“Since its creation in 2012, the Alliance has redefined the traditional concept of global education. International education goes beyond offering exchange opportunities to students. It’s about working together to deliver meaningful outcomes in education, research and external engagement,” Professor Coats said.
During the new five year term – January 2017 to December 2021 – Warwick will devote up to £3m per year of the agreement to the Alliance, with Monash equaling that amount.