Macquarie signs unique trilateral partnership

28 September 2018


Macquarie University has signed a trilateral joint PhD agreement with The University of Hamburg in Germany and Chinese Fudan University (FU) in Shanghai.

The Trilateral agreement represents a first for Macquarie in a three-party Joint Degree.

The joint PhD agreement was signed in the context of the Trilateral Conference of Partners, which took place from 10-12 September 2018 at the University of Hamburg.

Macquarie has been running a bilateral doctoral program with the University of Hamburg since 2012.

“The Macquarie, Hamburg University and Fudan University partnership represents a strategic direction in collaboration and impact linking researchers from across the world,” said Dr Ren Yi, Executive Director, Research Training and International Research Training Partnerships.

“We are delighted to sign this unique agreement with two prestigious institutions, and continue a partnership that will see our staff and students benefit from their shared expertise to deliver world-leading research with world-changing impact,” said Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Sakkie Pretorius.

Macquarie has the largest Cotutelle and Joint PhD program in Australia, with 357 PhD candidates working with 100 universities around the world.

The program started in 1999 and the largest partner countries are Germany and China.

The aim of the network is to give PhD students the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of the partner universities and to complete their doctoral studies as part of a joint PhD program. Students are enrolled in at least two out of three universities and are supervised by faculty of the partner universities.

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