Hyderabad: Queen’s University Belfast, one of the UK’s leading research-intensive Universities has today announced a major partnership with the University of Hyderabad.
The agreement sees the extension of the ‘Queen’s India Welcome Scheme’, which provides an opportunity for leading Indian students to attend a unique experience of research in the Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast.
There is also a commitment to develop similar collaboration in other disciplines, particularly the life sciences.
Other aspects of the partnership will increase student and staff exchanges in the areas of English, Creative Writing, Geography, Politics and Translation Studies; allowing them the opportunity to experience life studying and working in each others countries.
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad, Professor Hasnain, has also been invited to give a public lecture in Belfast on his research on Tuberculosis as part of Queen’s prestigious India Lecture series. Previous speakers in that series have included Dr Kalam, former President of India, and Professors Thapa and Desiraju from the University of Hyderabad.
The University of Hyderabad will also play host to some of Ireland’s most distinguished poets who are celebrating a week-long festival of languages and culture in New Delhi, Kolkata and Hyderabad.
The Irish poets include: Michael Longley, Ireland Chair of Poetry and one of the foremost living poets in the English language; Ciaran Carson, Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Queens University; Ed Larrissy, Professor of Poetry at the School of English; Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin, traditional singer in residence at the Seamus Heaney Centre and Edna Longley, Professor Emerita at Queen’s.
The visit to Hyderabad is part of a ten day visit to India by a senior delegation from Queen’s University and which also included visiting major institutions in New Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore. The purpose of the visit was to strengthen existing links and to develop new partnerships which would be of mutual benefit to the Indian economy and education sector and those of Northern Ireland.