Dean Tam Sridhar was also keen to establish links between Monash University and India. On 26 November 2008 the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB) and Monash University launched the IITB-Monash University Research Academy. This was the first multidisciplinary research academy of its kind. The Academy is based at the IITB campus and is a non-for-profit, autonomous institution with an independent governing board and advisory council including representatives from industry and academia.
This collaboration meant that PhD students at IITB would be supervised by one staff member at IITB and one from Monash University, and on completion of their PhD, be awarded a degree from both Monash University and IITB. This jointly-badged PhD program maintains an ongoing enrolment of approximately 125 engineering, science and information technology postgraduate research candidates. Funding for the Academy comes from industry as well as Monash University and IITB.
Professor Mohan Krishnamoorthy, acting CEO of the Academy, spoke of this partnership as a unique venture that would encourage some of the brightest students in India to study engineering/science/information technology. The Academy’s new building has state of the art technology as well as nine laboratories and workstations for 350 researchers. There is a strong demand for entry into the Academy with 1500 applications received in the June 2009 intake. It is hoped, says Krishnamoorthy, that the Academy will support 350 research projects by 2015.
In 2011 Monash University has a unique and extensive international presence, with campuses in Australia, South Africa and Malaysia, research and teaching centres in Italy, and international teaching partnerships with the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay. Monash University also has more than 21,000 international students, as well as a variety of international student exchange partnerships. Engineering is just one of the many different disciplines that benefits from this international focus.