Prof Peter McPhee visits IRO’s new office

PeterMcphee-1 Former Provost Prof Peter McPhee, the namesake of the Peter McPhee Terraces, visited the International Relations Office in their new home on 4 July. These heritage listed terraces located at 272-278 Faraday St, Carlton date from 1862-1865 and are among the oldest buildings owned by the University.

IRO to host roundtable with Australian Ambassador to China

The International Relations Office will be hosting a Victorian university roundtable with HE Frances Adamson, Australian Ambassador to the Republic of China on Tuesday 2 July 2014. The roundtable will provide an opportunity for the Ambassador to update participating universities on the New Colombo Plan and for the universities to outline their key China activities.

Participating institutions are the University of Melbourne, Deakin University, La Trobe University, Monash University, RMIT University, Swinburne University and Victoria University.


Program with HEC Montréal expanded

The successful partnership between the Faculty of Business and Economics and HEC Montréal has led to an expansion of the current Memorandum of Understanding and Student Exchange Agreement to now include postgraduate coursework student exchange.

Building bilateral researcher links with Indonesia

The University of Melbourne participated in the first Australia-Indonesia Research Summit held in Jakarta Indonesia on 22-23 May 2014 alongside other Australian and Indonesian universities and research centres.

Hosted by the newly opened Australia Indonesia Centre (AIC) based at Monash University, of which the University of Melbourne is a partner, the summit provided an opportunity for both countries to identify opportunities for future research collaboration in key areas of health, education, infrastructure, energy, and food and agriculture.

Professor Simon Evans, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) emphasised the importance of the summit for the University of Melbourne.

“The AIC Research Summit was an extraordinarily valuable opportunity to deepen connections between Australian and Indonesian researchers working in the AIC’s focus areas. We look forward to building productive collaborations on research that has tangible benefits for Indonesia, Australia and the bilateral relationship.”

Participating Indonesian universities included Universitas Indonesia, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Institut Pertanian Bogor, Universitas Hasanuddin, Universitas Airlangga, Universitas Pendidkan Indonesia and Insitut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember.

Australia India Institute director recognised for building ties with India

Professor Amitabh Matyoo, Director of the Australia-India Institute was one of two recipients of the Asoka Award honouring his contribution to strengthening Australia-India ties.  The Award is conferred by the Australia-India Business Council (Victoria) and is in its third year.

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International Architecture Workshop at Universidade de los Andes now open to ABP students

Students from the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning will now be able to participate in the Universidad de los Andes International Architecture Workshop in Cartagena, Colombia as part of their degree. The workshop will be deemed to be 12.5 credit points towards a breadth or elective component.

The International Relations Office has moved!

The International Relations has a new home. Please visit us at 272-278 Faraday St, Carlton or write to us at Mc Phee Centre, Building 344, The University of Melbourne, Vic, 3010, Australia.

University’s research engagement in China featured on ABC television

Professor Simon Evans, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) and Professor Chee Ng, Chair of Psychiatry were recently featured on ABC television discussing the University of Melbourne’s growing research relationship with China. The story highlights recent initiatives such as the Melbourne-Peking Centre for Psychiatric Research and Training and a ‘C-Campus’ agreement for online learning with Tsinghua University.

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University signs Faculty level MOU and student exchange agreement with Cornell University

In 2003, Cornell and Melbourne formalised their relationship through the establishment of an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Student Exchange agreement with Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. This new agreement further strengthens cross institutional ties through an MOU and Student Exchange agreement between Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labour Relations and the Faculty of Business and Economics.

University signs MOU with Bogor Agricultural University

The University of Melbourne has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) (Bogor Agricultural University). IPB is a state university specialising in tropical agriculture and bioscience located 6o kilometers from Jakarta. The MOU facilitates research collaboration and joint projects, joint PhD opportunities, exchange of academic staff and short-term student opportunities.