UQ and India

Addressing global challenges

UQ's valued relationship with India has been strengthened by decades of academic and industry partnerships, student mobility, and commercialisation opportunities. We collaborate with a range of Indian organisations — including the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi with whom we share a joint PhD program — to ensure our research and innovation delivers 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 16 official partners

Fast facts show full-year 2020 data.



UQ has partnered with Indian-based researchers on 594 co-publications in the past 5 years. The top research areas include Plant Sciences, Agronomy, and Astronomy & Astrophysics. Our top co-publishing partners are Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Public Health Foundation of India.

Research collaborations

In the past 5 years, UQ has collaborated with 6 Indian institutions on 7 research projects. Key collaborators include the Indian Institute of Technology Bomba,y Jamia Millia Islamia University, and Symbiosis International Deemed University.

Research funding

Indians organisations, including India Glycols Limited, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, and Jamia Millia Islamia University, have contributed A$788,740 towards 11 research projects in the past 5 years. 

Collaboration in action

Flagship joint PhD program

UQ and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) have established the UQ-IITD Academy of Research (UQIDAR) – a flagship initiative that will transform the Australia-India research landscape. Through UQIDAR, researchers from both institutions will address pertinent global issues, but will also affect change in communities around the world. With an initial focus on a joint PhD program with strong industry linkages, the Academy attracts elite students, academics, and researchers. The Academy’s first PhD students commenced work on cross-disciplinary grand challenges in engineering, science and health in January 2019. UQIDAR expects to graduate more than 300 students within 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 Associate Professor 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 and former Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Peter Varghese AO, developed a key strategy for Australia’s trade with India. An India Economic Strategy to 2035: Navigating from Potential to Delivery informed Australia's India Economic Strategy to strengthen existing economic collaboration while identifying new ways to do business. The Government commissioned this report to look beyond the immediate horizon and provide a roadmap for unlocking the opportunities that will help India and Australia grow together. It is about cementing India as a priority economic partner.

Big genomics data milked to feed the future

Centre for Animal Science Director Professor Ben Hayes’s co-developed big data genomic breeding technology will be used by smallholder milk producers in India to increase supply. The breeding program received support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Also taking part are two Indian organisations that are essential to the development of an integrated milk supply chain that seeks to pull smallholder farmers out of poverty. Hayes hopes to double milk production using farm cow and buffalo data collected by the Indian partners, DNA information, together with Hayes’s algorithms to select the best animals for breeding.


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Protecting plants, preventing pests

Centre for Plant Science Professor Neena Mitter 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.

Understanding brain regeneration

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. She leads a research program investigating mechanisms that drive the renewal of neurons in the adult brain and has made major contributions into the regulation and function of neural stem cells. Dr Jhaveri previously won the Indian National Science Academy medal for Young Scientist of the Year for her PhD from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, and maintains strong links with the Institute’s Mumbai campus and Bangalore Bio-Cluster.

Indian students at UQ

Indian students are among the top 10 largest international cohorts at UQ, with PhD studies, the Master of Engineering Science (Management), the Master of Business, the Master of Commerce, and Bachelor of Engineering among the most popular program choices.

The UQ Indian Student Club (UQISC) also 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  while the University's Institute of Modern Languages (IML) has offered Hindi courses for the wider community since 1967.

Video: UQ Masters of Business Administration students in India as part of MBA Immersion program.


Student mobility

Caring in community

For more than 10 years, UQ's School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work has teamed up with Community Aid Alliance in India to run rural field placements. Students work directly with health and community development practitioners to gain cultural insight alongside technical skills. They also have the opportunity to explore international aid, community development, and health service delivery issues. The field work is fully funded by the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program

Sports Law and Governance

UQ students are given the opportunity to access cutting-edge knowledge in sports law and governance, develop international networks, and gain experience in one of the fastest growing economies in the world. In partnership with OP Jindal Global University Law School, one of India's top-ranked law schools, students attend two weeks of seminars in Delhi as well as immersion activities with the National Anti-Doping Authority, the Supreme Court, the Delhi Devils Stadium, and the High Commission.

Immersive architecture

In 2019, 13 Master of Architecture students analysed the urbanising world with an immersive trip to India. Partially funded by the Australian Government’s Endeavour Mobility Grants, the 18-day study program allowed students to broaden their knowledge of the Indo-Pacific region and the ever-changing urbanscapes of Agra, Ahmedabad, Amritsar and Delhi. Visits to well-known historical exemplars such as Taj Mahal and the Sun Temple at Modhera, were balanced with contemporary architectural masterpieces such as the High Court.


UQ has 1277 alumni living in India. Alumni in India or with strong 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)
Humanitarian and community educator; Rotary Peace Fellow alumnus (Class V) (Master of International Studies 2008)
Lyricist, film dialogue writer, and computer engineer (Doctor of Philosophy – Computer Science 2008)