STUDENTS and young researchers are set to benefit from an innovative deal bringing commercial digital expertise to Australia’s oldest university.
In the memorandum of understanding (MoU), signed last week, the University of Sydney said it will collaboratively work with Tech Mahindra, a division of the USD 19 billion Mahindra group, which focuses on information technology services and solutions.
The agreement opens avenues for the two entities to collaborate and exchange expertise in common areas of interest.
University of Sydney, vice-principal external relations, Tania Rhodes-Taylor said she was pleased to explore ways the university could work with Tech Mahindra on research and innovation projects across a range of disciplines and shared challenges.
“Importantly, the MoU also provides an opportunity for our students to be involved in projects at Tech Mahindra’s research facilities in Australia, India and around the world,” she said.
“To develop their skills and knowledge through hands-on experience with a global company.”
Tech Mahindra, senior vice-president and global delivery head, B.K. Mishra said being future ready involved identifying and encouraging the young talent pool to be innovative.
“We are delighted to collaborate with the University of Sydney, one of the leading universities of the world,” he said.
“This MoU opens a lot of new opportunities for joint pursuits, especially in the area of research and technology.
“This partnership will provide a platform for innovating new ideas arising out of technology research and help create real-world applications and digital solutions.”
Mr Mishra said the agreement was the latest in a series of alliances the company had made with major academic institutions across the world.
Austrade, general manager South Asia, Leonie Muldoon, said the strengthening bi-lateral relationship between Australia and India, was enhanced by the partnership.
“It is exciting to see Australia’s academic and research excellence combined with India’s world-leading technology capability,” she said.
“Future consumers look forward to the output of this innovative approach to co-invention.”