Manipal Academy of Higher Education in India officially partnered with Australian Catholic University (ACU)

Manipal Academy of Higher Education in India officially partnered with Australian Catholic University (ACU)


National, August 30, 2023 – Australian Catholic University (ACU) has signed an agreement for academic collaboration with one of India’s leading academic and research institutions in health sciences, pharmacy, and pharmacology. The formal partnership agreement between ACU and Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) was signed by ACU Pro Vice-Chancellor, Global and Education Pathways Mr Chris Riley, and Vice-Chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education Lt. Gen. (Dr) M. D. Venkatesh. The partnership between the two renowned institutions includes opportunities to explore joint courses, student and staff mobility, facilitation of joint research, co-organization, and participation in international events, seminars, short-term academic programs and meetings, and internationally funded projects.ACU and MAHE are both at the forefront of championing academic excellence in multiple disciplines. With the alignment of mission and vision, the official collaboration will support both institutions to engage in meaningful collaborations and strategic partnerships that will create more opportunities to advance in the joint commitment to make a positive impact on people’s lives and communities.

Mr. Riley said that it was ACU’s honour to celebrate our partnership with Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE). The partnership is a key milestone for collaborations in promoting academic excellence, innovation, and global connections across different fields, particularly in health sciences, an area in which both universities are highly recognised internationally.

As a top producer of Australia’s nurses, midwives, and paramedics, ACU’s staff and students are committed to improving the lives of others by providing quality health care with service excellence, dignity and engagement. With our leading position in the region in allied health, behavioural and health sciences, nursing, midwifery, and paramedicine, we are confident the partnership with MAHE will further promote research excellence and cross-disciplinary exchange and enable the acceleration of impact across different fronts,” Mr Riley said.

We are excited to embark on this journey of collaboration with Australian Catholic University (ACU). This partnership marks a significant step forward in our collective pursuit of academic excellence and global engagement. At Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), we have always strived to lead in health sciences, engineering, and management education, and this collaboration reinforces our commitment to fostering innovation and impactful research. By joining forces with ACU, we are poised to create a dynamic platform for students and faculty to exchange ideas, contribute to ground-breaking research, and address global challenges together. This partnership aligns seamlessly with our vision of nurturing well-rounded, socially responsible individuals who can shape a better world. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration with AC,” Lt. Gen. (Dr.) M. D. Venkatesh, Vice Chancellor of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, said.

Our dedication to academic brilliance and global outreach aligns seamlessly with ACU’s values, making this partnership a significant achievement for both institutions. It is my pleasure to witness this significant milestone for collaboration between MAHE and ACU. As we continue to create inclusive and stimulating international learning environments and peer-to-peer learning opportunities for our students and academics, having a strategic global partner that holds similar values is important,” Dr Hazel said.

“As we look ahead, the partnership will enrich our research collaborations, facilitate bilateral academic exchange opportunities, and drive cross-cultural innovation, among many other mutual benefits. We are truly honoured to partner with ACU, which we believe will create more avenues for our students and staff to interact, exchange technical know-how and strengthen collaboration in academic research to address societal challenges and global issues.”


Background about MAHE

MAHE is recognized as a leading quality academic and education service provider and has significantly contributed to continuously improving the standards and penetration of higher education in India. The Manipal Academy of Higher Education has, as its genesis, an enthralling story of a genius, the late Dr. T. M. A. Pai who had the vision of making society rid of the three major ills of illiteracy, ill health, and poverty. It provides a great variety of graduate and postgraduate skill enhancement educational courses covering several important disciplines like medicine, engineering, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, allied health, management, communication, life sciences, hotel administration, etc. through its 28 Professional Higher Education institutions. It has world-class academic and research departments in Statistics, Commerce, Geopolitics & International Relations, European Studies, Philosophy & Humanities, Atomic & Molecular Physics, etc. Over 40,000 students from all over the world pursue undergraduate and postgraduate programs in diverse subjects. The finest of infrastructure facilities, state-of-the-art equipment, well-equipped laboratories, and dedicated and competent faculty have enabled MAHE to be recognized as Institution of Eminence status by the Ministry of Education, Government of India. The University has two Off-Campus centres, one each at Mangalore and Bangalore, One Medical College with TATA Group at Jamshedpur, and two Off-Shore campuses, one in Dubai (UAE) and the other in Melaka (Malaysia).

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Background about ACU

Ranked in the top 2 per cent of universities1 worldwide and recognised as one of the Top 50 young universities2, ACU is a young university making a serious impact. With seven campuses around Australia, a campus in Rome, Italy, and an online campus – ACU Online – the university offers cross-cultural, collaborative research and learning opportunities for students and staff. An ACU education seeks to transform lives and communities. Students are challenged to look beyond the classroom, solve real-world problems, develop their own search for meaning and cultivate strong professional ethics. They are invited to stand up for people in need and causes that matter.

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