The University of Sydney has secured a partnership agreement with Utrecht University that will deliver up to $200,000 a year for joint research projects.
The agreement was co-signed today by Utrecht University Executive Board President Marjan Oudeman, and University of Sydney Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Duncan Ivison.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) Professor Kathy Belov described the agreement as a “significant moment”.
“This is our first agreement with a university on the European continent since the framing of our international partnership strategy,” Professor Belov said.
“We will be building on a relationship with Utrecht that is already productive, but offers potential for exciting new collaborations in areas including education, geosciences, medicine and infectious diseases.”
Under the terms of the agreement, both universities have agreed to contribute $100,000 per year for three years to support a joint funding program that will grow research links across a variety of academic fields.
Sydney and Utrecht also signed a "super exchange" agreement aimed at boosting the number of exchange students between the two universities. The five-year agreement could eventually see up to 100 students from Sydney studying in Utrecht each year, with a similar number of Dutch students travelling to Sydney.
Established in 1636, Utrecht is consistently ranked as one of Europe’s top universities.
Sydney’s leading collaborators with Utrecht include Professor Frans Verstraten, McCaughey Chair in Psychology and a former graduate student and professor at Utrecht University. Professor Verstraten is working with colleagues in the Netherlands on motion perception research, studying how the human brain copes with a moving environment.
Other ongoing collaborations include:
“Utrecht is one of a number of leading European universities that align well with our primary research areas,” Professor Belov said.
“They share our vision of forming a small number of strategic partnerships and using them to encourage high quality research.”
Mrs Oudeman is visiting our Sydney campus with a group of senior executives from Utrecht including Professor Werner Raub, Dean of Social and Behavioural Sciences, and Professor Wouter Dhert, Dean of Veterinary Sciences.
Their visit will include a joint workshop to discuss collaborative opportunities, and tours of the Charles Perkins Centre, the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, and the Brain and Mind Centre.