UQ and India

A partnership integral to UQ's global strategy

UQ's valued relationship with India has been strengthened by decades of academic and industry partnerships, student mobility, and commercialisation opportunities. Our researchers hold strong links with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), and significant funding from a range of Indian organisations ensures innovation will continue to deliver change to the broader community.

Fast facts

India students


Indian students enrolled at UQ

India co-publications


India-UQ co-publications

India academic staff


academic staff born in India

India project collabs


research project collaborations

India alumni


alumni in India

India agreements


agreements with 17 official partners

Fast facts show full-year 2017 data.



In the past 5 years, UQ has produced more than 380 co-publications with Indian researchers, largely in the areas of public health, plant sciences and agronomy, and materials science. Our top co-publishing partners are the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, PGIMER Chandigarh, and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid-Tropics (ICRISAT).

Research about India

In the past 5 years, UQ researchers have been involved in 18 research projects focusing on India, backed by more than A$4.8 million in funding (240.4 million INR). Project funders include the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Australian Research Council and the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics, as well as international bodies such as the Max Planck Institutes.

Research collaborations

In the past 5 years, UQ has collaborated with 5 Indian institutions on 4 research projects, backed by more than A$2.5 million (125.1 million INR) in funding and covering topics such as improving sorghum varieties, enhancing the nutritional value of wheat, and understanding the molecular basis of schizophrenia. Key collaborators include the National Research Centre for Sorghum and the Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF).

Research funding

6 Indian organisations, including the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation and International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, have contributed A$450,536 (2.2 million INR)  towards 7 research projects in the past 5 years. Projects investigate a range of topics including the effectiveness of crime interventions, and household duck rearing.

Collaboration in action

UQ partnership to boost research impact

A partnership between The University of Queensland and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) will pave the way for students and academics to address issues affecting India, Australia and global communities. The Academy of Research (UQIDAR) will enable students to gain a global qualification from both UQ and IITD.  UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj and IITD Director Professor V. Ramgopal Rao have signed the historic agreement in Delhi, formalising a mutual goal to build diverse and sustainable partnerships across the Indian Ocean. The Academy is expected to graduate more than 360 students within the next 10 years.

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Alleviating energy poverty

UQ works with India’s leading universities, private-sector organisations, and local institutions to provide sustainable energy solutions that are safe, reliable and, affordable. School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering Senior Lecturer Dr Anand Veeraragavan is part of the UQ Energy and Poverty Research Group, which conducts research across five areas: climate, community development, livelihoods, gender and equity, and the private sector. The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (ITT-M) alumnus specialises in energy systems for power generation, and has a particular interest in energy systems for power generation including solar thermal and solar photovoltaic technology development.

Chancellor leads Aus-India trade plan

UQ Chancellor Peter Varghese has been appointed to formulate a new strategy for Australia’s trade with India. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced during his visit to Mumbai that he was commissioning a study to form an India Economic Strategy to strengthen existing economic collaboration, while identifying new ways to do business. Mr Varghese has served as Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and as High Commissioner to India. UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj is co-chairing a taskforce with Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay Director Devang Khakhar. The taskforce is working to develop research links and foster two-way traffic among doctoral researchers in both Australia and India.

Harnessing light for the future

A lighting technology research agreement between UQ and Indian partners could help children in remote communities study at night, as well as cut electricity costs for consumers. The collaboration, led by UQ physicist Dr Ebinazar Namdas and involving Indian scientists and industry bodies, would use organic semiconductor materials that are cost-effective and environmentally friendly. The research is among seven projects to receive Australian Government funding under the latest Australia-India Strategic Research Funds initiative, with India contributing an equivalent fund. Indian partner agencies include CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Indian Institutes of Technology, and Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research.

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Protecting plants, preventing pests

Centre for Plant Science Professor Neena Mitter – whose scientific journey began at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute – is behind an internationally recognised breakthrough in food security research. As an environmentally sustainable alternative to chemicals and pesticides, BioClay technology can protect a plant from disease without altering its genome. Nano-sized degradable clay is used to release double-stranded RNA that protects plants from disease-causing pathogens. A single spray of BioClay protects the plant and then degrades, reducing the risk to the environment or human health. It may also help meet growing consumer demand for sustainable crop protection and residue-free produce.

Transforming stem cell research

Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) and Mater Research Institute (MRI-UQ) Senior Research Fellow Dr Dhanisha Jhaveri co-led an Indo-Queensland Biotechnology grant, before establishing an independent research group at UQ in neural plasticity. Dr Jhaveri won the Indian National Science Academy medal for Young Scientist of the Year in 2003 for her PhD from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, and maintains links with the Institute’s Mumbai campus and Bangalore Bio-Cluster. Prior to establishing her laboratory, Dr Jhaveri worked with Professor Perry Bartlett at QBI, and has made major discoveries that have transformed research into the regulation and roles of neural stem cells in the adult brain.  

Schizophrenia's genetic architecture revealed

Psychiatric genomics researchers from UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) have partnered with India’s Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF) to identify key risk genes and genetic pathways for one of the most debilitating and costly mental disorders worldwide. With funding from the Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), ongoing research aims to identify and characterise susceptibility genes for schizophrenia and related disorders. A special focus is on the study of large and ethnically homogeneous populations – and research in southern India has helped reveal several associated variants.

Indian students at UQ

Indian students are among the top 10 largest international cohorts at UQ. In the past five years, 880 Indian students enrolled in UQ degrees. PhD studies, the Master of Engineering Science (Management), the Master of Business, the Master of Commerce, and Bachelor of Engineering are the most popular program choices.

The UQ Indian Student Club (UQISC) supports Indian students and provides a platform to celebrate Indian culture with festivals, movie nights, and a South Asia cricket cup.

Video: Indian students studying at UQ


Indian culture at UQ


UQ offers a range of Indian culture and language courses and is one of only a few universities in Australia to teach a course on the history of Hinduism. In addition, UQ's Institute of Modern Languages (IML) has offered Hindi courses for the wider community since 1967.

Video: UQ Masters of Business Administration students travelled to India in 2016 for the MBA Immersion program

Student mobility

Caring in community

Since 2009, UQ's School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work has teamed up with Community Aid Alliance in India to run rural field placements. The students work directly with health and community development practitioners in India and gain cultural competence alongside technical skills. They also have the opportunity to undertake a project or evaluation on international aid, community development, or health service delivery. In 2017, 12 students received Australian Government New Colombo Plan Mobility Program funding to take part.

Fostering foreign correspondents

UQ's School of Communication and Arts has run an intensive journalism program in India since 2015. Each year, 20 students work with their Indian peers – from UQ partners such as Amity University and the University of Delhi – to develop multimedia stories about society, politics, Australia-India engagement, and everyday life. The program has confirmed New Colombo Plan Mobility Program funding until 2018. As a result of this generous support, students have all their international travel and accommodation expenses covered.

First New Colombo Plan Fellow to India

As the 2015 New Colombo Plan Fellow to India, UQ Bachelor of Arts/Laws student Zoe Brereton took classes at Jawaharlal Nehru University and studied Hindi. During her time in New Delhi, she actively engaged in the discourse surrounding gender justice in India, through research projects into rape trials and violence against women, and an internship in the High Court of Delhi. She interviewed women, their families, and police, giving her work an empirical base and paving the way for future research. She has since presented her research at several international workshops and published an article in the International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice titled ‘Perpetuating myths of women as false complainants in rape cases in India: culture versus the law’. 

Watch a UQ journalism student interview Zoe in India

Developing global business leaders

Led by Australian test cricketer Michael Kasprowicz, the UQ Business School MBA India Immersion Tour gives students insight into the fast-growing Indian market and the economic, political, social and cultural factors that shape it. Since the inaugural tour in 2013, participants have taken part in industry panels at the High Commission in Delhi; attended lectures at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad and the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore; and met business leaders from a wide range of sectors, including microfinance charity Opportunity International Australia. The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law also offers the India Global Leaders Scholarship to support Indian undergraduates and postgraduate coursework students study at UQ (excluding the MBA program).


UQ has 614 alumni in India. Alumni with significant links to India include:


Described as ‘the Father of Indian Mineral Processing’; International Alumnus of the Year 2016 (Doctor of Philosophy in Mineral Engineering 1966)
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Newcrest (Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (hons) 1983)
Vikas Gora
Humanitarian and community educator; Rotary Peace Fellow alumni (Class V) (Master of International Studies 2008)
Madhan Karky
Lyricist, film dialogue writer, and computer engineer (Doctor of Philosophy – Computer Science 2008)