The Faculty of Science, University of Geneva (UNIGE) is notable for the excellent quality of its research and its cosmopolitan culture. This is reflected by the fact that its professors, post-docs, researchers, and students are as diverse as its international partnerships. These partnerships include previous collaborations with premier institutions in India like the IITs, IISERs and IISc. A growing globalisation interest among Indian universities open up possibilities for further expansion to these collaborations. Mapping one such fit, we curated the Indo-Swiss symposium on advances in pharmacogenomics strategies between UNIGE and JIPMER in November 2019.
Since then, swissnex India is the strategic advisor for the University of Geneva and has explored avenues to further strengthen their ties with Indian institutions. A curated India immersion program for the UNIGE delegation was led by Vice-rector Prof. Stéphane Berthet in January 2020. swissnex mapped collaboration opportunities in science, combined with social sciences and humanities – staying on par with the transdisciplinary approach in academic trends in recent years. During the India immersion week, Prof. Jérôme, Dean of Faculty of Science, proposed a collaboration with IISc to facilitate joint activities.
An MoU with IISc was signed with Mr Phaneendra K. Yalavarthy, Chair of International Relations during the Bangalore leg of our academic immersion program in January 2020. The two participating institutions expressed their intention of encouraging mutual teaching and research exchanges between faculty and students in all academic fields. Further, efforts will be directed towards establishing other forms of scholarly collaboration, such as seminars, conferences and cooperative research projects, including the exchange of relevant academic material to continue this mutual Indo-Swiss learning in an engaging manner.
Post the Indian Immersion week, we are confident that the University of Geneva will have a few more institutional partners for collaborative activities in 2020. Stay tuned!