Doctoral study with impact
Interdisciplinary research programs with high levels of industry engagement are at the forefront of the Monash University approach to doctoral education.
These programs bring together graduate researchers from two or more faculties who work together in a team environment under the expert supervision of leading academics on issues of global significance. The expertise and skills of graduate researchers is developed through academic mentoring but also opportunities such as industry internships and international field work.
Each program develops and strengthens links to end-users in private industry or government ensuring that research contributes to solving real problems that will transform individuals, communities and nations.
The Water and Sustainability in Asia Graduate Research Interdisciplinary Program (GRIP) brings together the faculties of Engineering and Arts to support the transitioning of developing Asian cities to more sustainable, resilient and liveable conditions through the uptake of state of the art water technologies, policy development and social practices.
This unique opportunity for personal development and social contribution saw hundreds of graduates from diverse backgrounds engaged in a highly competitive process for limited positions within the program.
Vanessa Copa-Torrez applied for the Water and Sustainability in Asia program after completing previous studies at UQ and working in her home country Bolivia as an engineer and government advisor. "I chose Monash for my PhD after looking for a long time, seeking something that was about really making an impact. I'm excited by the future that we will help to shape for our society and hope that we can be part of real change in Asia".
Natalie Barron previously studied at University of Melbourne and UNSW before working as an environmental engineer and had no plans to proceed to doctoral study until she heard about the opportunity at Monash. "The interdisciplinary program is exactly what I was looking for. It combines challenge, flexibility, a great cohort of students and the opportunity to undertake field work in Asia."
The benefit for industry and government when it comes to participating in these programs comes in the form of access to the latest breakthroughs, increased networks and an opportunity to develop and recruit outstanding graduate researchers.
By supporting and facilitating these new forms of doctoral education Monash is helping to bridge the gap between the academy and industry whilst preparing individuals for future impact in their chosen field.
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