Mr. Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, officially endorsed the New Zealand Centre at IIT-Delhi and recognised the growing research connections between the New Zealand universities and IIT Delhi. The Deputy Prime Minister was accompanied on his visit to IIT Delhi by a high-ranking government delegation from New Zealand.
Earlier this month a delegation of New Zealand university academia collaborated with the Indian institution to announce the New Zealand Centre at IITD to strengthen New Zealand’s education ties with India. A memorandum was also signed in New Delhi to establish the New Zealand Centre with an aim to offer quality education as well as to increase global exposure for the students.
Speaking at the event today, New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister Peters said, “Education is one of the key pillars bilateral relationship between New Zealand and India. The New Zealand Centre at IITD will seriously enhance our joint efforts in the education of science and technology.”
The New Zealand Centre is deemed to be a focal point of academic activity for all eight New Zealand Universities and IIT Delhi. Some of the initial projects identified as part of the academic discussion earlier this month include Medtech, Cyber Security (along with AI & Data Science), Cancer Genomics, Robotics & Automation and Waste-Water Treatment. The Centre will host visiting researchers and academicians, act as a forum for diplomatic and trade dialogue among different sectors, and support student mobility.
All eight New Zealand universities feature in the top 3% worldwide by the QS World Rankings. The participating universities for the New Zealand Centre include: The University of Auckland, AUT University, Massey University, Victoria University of Wellington, University of Waikato, Lincoln University, University of Canterbury and University of Otago.