Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) and the University of Birmingham on Wednesday announced that they will launch joint Masters programmes that will be delivered in both institutions.

The first programme will be launched next year and further courses will be developed in subsequent years, IIT Madras said in a press statement.

Professor V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, and Professor Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Birmingham, have signed a statement of intent to explore study areas including data science, energy systems and biomedical engineering, it added.

“The universities have also agreed to establish a joint research fund to support academics and researchers as they explore potential research partnerships in data science, energy systems, and biomedical engineering,” IIT Madras said.

Highlighting the importance of this collaboration, Prof Tickell said, “The University of Birmingham is a global ‘civic’ university and committed to forging meaningful education and research partnerships in India.”

“These innovative joint postgraduate programmes between IIT Madras and University Birmingham will offer students the opportunity to pursue a world-class education at globally leading institutions in two countries, and to have their educational achievements recognised by both,” he added.

The joint programmes will be delivered at the campuses of both institutions and mutual recognition of academic credits issued by each university will lead to the award of a single degree certificate, IIT Madras said.

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