Australia India Institute
THE Australia India Institute is being established by the University of Melbourne with the assistance of an $8 million grant from the Commonwealth Government and some funding by the university. The University of New South Wales and La Trobe University are also founding members.
The objective of the institute is to undertake practical collaborative research in a range of disciplines in order to strengthen relations between Australia and India and to promote a deeper understanding of trade, scientific, political, cultural and social issues between the two countries. The institute plans to attract international and Australian experts on India and build on the three universities’ existing expertise and relationships. It will develop strong partnerships with business, governments and academic institutions in both countries, and provide leadership in public policy, research and postgraduate training for the benefit of India, Australia
and the broader Asia Pacific.
Its priority research areas will include:
- Resource management including energy, food, water and environment
- Regional issues including political, economic, financial, trade and security relationships
- Health including public health, biomedical and pharmaceuticals
- Education , especially policy reform which is under way in both countries.