BITS Pilani, Australia’s RMIT University to launch a joint academy offering dual degrees

The BITS-RMIT academy will offer 4 undergraduate engineering programmes and 1 PhD programme starting from mid 2023.

BITS Pilani, Australian university to start new academy (Representational Image: Shutterstock)BITS Pilani, Australian university to start new academy (Representational Image: Shutterstock)

Vagisha Kaushik | March 1, 2023 | 06:04 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani has collaborated with Australia’s RMIT University to launch a joint BITS-RMIT academy offering dual degree. The academy will start four undergraduate engineering programmes and a PhD program in mid 2023.

Students will start studying at BITS, experience the RMIT academic environment through courses co-taught by BITS and RMIT faculty, and move to RMIT, Melbourne, for two years.

Professor Souvik Bhattacharyya, Vice-Chancellor, BITS Pilani, and Professor Alec Cameron, Vice-Chancellor and President, RMIT University signed an agreement today in the presence of Jason Clare MP, Australia’s Minister for Education; Barry Farrell, Australia’s High Commissioner to India; Mathew Johnson, Australia’s Minister Counsellor (Education) to India, and several other dignitaries. Professor V Ramgopal Rao, Vice Chancellor-designate and Professor S K Barai were also present at the signing ceremony.

Speaking about the partnership with RMIT University, Professor Bhattacharyya said, “...The Academy will offer uniquely designed programs leveraging the excellence and legacy of the BITS Pilani and RMIT University systems, with faculty, students, and researchers in close collaboration. We look forward to a new era of academic cooperation that will define and deliver the best attributes of a global graduate and citizen.”

Cameron said, “The Academy marks a strategic step in strengthening RMIT's profile and presence in India through partnering with a high-performing University. This partnership highlights the shared commitment of both institutions in shaping global-minded and work-ready graduates with international mobility.”

“The Academy represents a step in furthering RMIT's commitment to international education and research collaborations and reinforces our position as a leading university of impact. It adds to the growing list of quality education and research opportunities offered by RMIT across the globe. We look forward to working closely with BITS to provide students with high-quality, unique learning experiences and research opportunities,” he added.

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