Commitment to positive change

The University of Queensland (UQ) and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) share a vision for success to contribute to the world through research excellence. To create research impact and build a long-term, sustainable, and mutually beneficial partnership, UQ and IITD have partnered to establish the joint UQ–IITD Academy of Research.

Top 50 University

UQ is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions and is ranked in the top 50 global universities.

Institute of Eminence

IITD is one of the first six Indian institutions granted the status of Institute of Eminence by the Union Human Resource Development Ministry.

Our research strengths

Healthy Ageing theme

Healthcare and biotechnology

UQ and IITD have a world-class record for excellence in the fields of health and behavioural sciences, biotechnology and biosciences. By combining our research and expertise in this area, we can work to improve how everyone lives, so that all people have the opportunity to live in a healthy environment. This theme is pivotal in addressing health challenges in both nations, such as ageing populations, rural healthcare access, and emerging diseases.

UQ Lead, Dr Zyta M Ziora. IITD Lead, Professor Ritu Kulshreshtha.

Quantum technologies

Quantum technologies have the potential to drive significant innovation and transformation across multiple industries, with extensive geopolitical, societal, and economic implications. Both UQ and IITD are home to Centres of Excellence for quantum technologies, quantum biotechnology, and engineered quantum systems and currently have joint PhD projects in these areas of expertise.

Leads coming soon.

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Clean energy and sustainability

Both Australia and India face significant sustainability challenges, including resources management, climate change, energy transitions, and food sustainability. Research collaboration in sustainability and livelihoods brings out both UQ and IITD’s research strengths to develop transnational solutions for pressing challenges in Australia, India, and at global scale.

UQ Lead, Dr Alexander Klimenko. IITD Lead, Professor Amaryta Sengupta.

Digital futures and artificial intelligence

Digital transformation is dramatically changing the way business operates and humans interact. AI is a powerful tool to improve e-commerce, robotics, healthcare, and automobiles, and will have a global impact on the future workforce through the transformation of the relationship between people and technology. Both UQ and IITD recognise the long-term implications of digital transformation and AI, and are committed to drive research and innovation in these areas.

UQ Lead, Associate Professor Adrian Athique. IITD Lead, Professor Arpan K Kar.

Societal transformations and livelihoods

Studying societal behaviours and transformations, influencing public policy, exploring new science frontiers, and finding solutions to intractable problems are at the forefront of this research theme. Researchers in the UQ-IITD transnational research partnership have the advantage of putting their work in the context of both nations and study transformations occurring on a larger scale.

UQ Lead, Professor Greg Marston. IITD Lead, Professor Sanjay Dhir.

Advanced materials and manufacturing

Research collaboration in these fields aims to deliver technological solutions for government and industry in manufacturing. Materials science and engineering are among the research strengths with the greatest alignment between UQ and IITD. Both institutions have leading research programs in materials science, which could be important for industries such as manufacturing, construction, and renewable energy – key sectors in both countries.

UQ Lead, Associate Professor Vinh Dao. IITD Lead, Professor Arnab Chanda.

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Theme leads

Our research theme leads will lead research development and collaboration and engagement within their themes. 

Our researchers

UQ-IITD’s researchers work on cross-disciplinary challenges that are of interest to Australia, India and the global community.