The Monash Warwick Alliance has taken a further step towards creating seamless global research and teaching opportunities for its staff and students with the launch of a transnational joint PhD programme.
The Anglo-Australian partnership, which brings together the University of Warwick and Monash University, is offering funding of up to £500,000/ AUD 750,000 over the next three years for 30 students to study under research leaders addressing the research challenges the Alliance is tackling. These are potentially in a broad range of research disciplines.
Professor Andrew Coats, Director of the Monash Warwick Alliance, and himself appointed jointly by both universities as Academic Vice-President, sees this as a ground-breaking step into training the brightest minds of tomorrow and giving them a global approach to problem solving, and the ability to seek support and expertise across two systems linking Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. “It’s a big step forward in our global leadership ambitions,” he said.
The joint degrees will initially be offered in a range of areas from the faculties of Science, Arts, Engineering and Information Technology.
Professor Jacqueline Labbe, University of Warwick Chair of the Graduate School, said: “Students require an international education to compete in today’s challenging employment market, whether they choose to stay within academia or go into business or industry.
“The launch of the Monash-Warwick joint PhD programme is a response to this changing environment and is aimed at the very best students worldwide.”
Professor Zlatko Skrbis, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Research Training) at Monash University said: “Our joint PhD students will benefit from the knowledge and experience of a truly international research community, and have access to first-class facilities at both universities.
“We expect there will be a very high demand for this joint PhD as students seek to enhance their research by studying at two universities with international reputations for excellent research.”
The first cohort is expected to start in September this year.
Representing a new step in global research and research training collaboration, the Monash Warwick joint PhD is unique in terms of comprehensiveness and scale. Students, who will spend a substantial amount of the program at each institution, will emerge as globally-engaged graduates.
Students eligible for home status at either university will be considered as home students for the whole programme. International students will be supported through the processes of registering in both countries.
Further information on the programme is available here