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Panjab University, India

NTU has established one of its key strategic locations in the Chandigarh region of India through our partnership with the Panjab University (PU). Find out more on this page.

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Signing memorandum of understanding

Strategic partnership between NTU and Panjab University

NTU has established one of our key strategic locations in the Chandigarh region of India through a partnership with the highly reputed Panjab University (PU). Initially interest in this region developed as a result of Nottingham City Council (NCC)’s partnership with the Chandigarh Administration and the friendship agreement that was signed between the two cities back in 2015.

This agreement provided NTU with a framework for establishing trust and building confidence in a sustainable relationship of mutual benefit. The support of both cities’ administrations and local business communities also helped NTU to develop a wider set of relationships than just academic ones, including civic, business and cultural links.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that NTU initially signed with PU centred around the delivery of innovative research and teaching collaborations, as well as staff and student exchange opportunities. While the initial focus of this agreement was on Law and Fashion, the partnership has expanded much further to now include a number of other subject areas including Business and Science and Technology.

NTU continues to intensify its engagement with PU with the introduction of a variety of joint projects and initiatives, most notably the establishment of the PU - NTU Science and Technology Partnership Centre (STPC).

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NTU Science and Technology Partnership Centre (STPC)

The STPC was created to help to foster high quality research collaboration through joint publications and grant applications, student and staff mobility (including at the PhD level), and a Joint Symposium. NTU has committed seed funding to the STPC over the coming years and PU has allocated a physical office space at the University Institute of Engineering and Technology. Within the STPC, four PU Undergraduate Engineering students have undertaken research projects at NTU and a former PU Mechanical Engineering student, who spent time at NTU on a similar research project in 2018, returned to undertake a PhD in Additive Manufacturing for Modular Robotic System Design. This PhD, jointly funded by NTU and PepsiCo, was the first of its kind in the UK.

NTU and PU were also granted a Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowship award for joint research on additive manufacturing for medical implants. Dr Prashant Jindal, University Institute of Engineering and Technology, PU, Professor Phil Breedon ADBE and Professor John Hunt, SST) in 2018. Dr Jindal was at NTU from March to December 2018 and key outcomes of the fellowship included the development of prototypes, five joint publications and development of further proposals for research calls.  Other grants include two prestigious Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) award for joint teaching at PU in genome informatics (Prof Graham Ball, October 2018) and for Fashion and Textile Design (Juliana Sissons, 2019).

Other successful collaborative activities have been in two-way staff and student mobility, joint conferences, and cultural exchange. NTU has welcome numerous Panjab University students to its Summer School in Nottingham and NTU students also attend short term mobility programmes at Panjab University. NTU and PU academics have participated in a wide range of physical and virtual joint conferences and we have had two-way academic mobility, in Law, Management, Science and Technology which we hope to grow in the future.

NTU’s strategic relationship with PU showcases just how important collaboration with our key international partnerships can be in supporting the development of NTU’s world-class research and innovation and continuing to grow our national and international reputation.

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