South Asia

Indian poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore wrote that a university is like the nucleus of a living cell, the centre of creative life of the national mind.

As India and Australia negotiate a closer relationship, Tagore’s words help to explain the importance of the links the University of Sydney is forging with Indian academics and universities.

In partnership with Indian colleagues, our researchers are tackling real life concerns in areas such as health, agriculture and education. We are working together on complex areas of mathematics, examining ancient Buddhist manuscripts, and exploring the convergences and differences in our systems of common law.

The University is engaged in more than 60 research collaborations and networks with partners in India and South Asia – partnerships such as the South Asia Infant Feeding Research Network which address challenges in maternal and infant health, cervical cancer and people’s food needs.

India is the second largest source country for overseas students in Australia, and at Sydney our Indian students are mostly postgraduates in the School of Business, the Faculty of Engineering and IT and Sydney Medical School.

As the two countries find themselves drawn together by trade and security concerns, by common challenges and the legacy of history, education is a focal point for our engagement and an essential step towards mutual understanding.

South Asia Regional Advisory Group

The South Asia Regional Advisory Group is made up of academic staff, nominated by faculties and centres, who have expertise and active involvement in the sub-continent.

Name Faculty
Chair: Professor Joseph Davis Engineering and IT
Professor Adrian Vickers Arts and Social Sciences
Dr Elizabeth Hill Arts and Social Sciences
A/Professor Tim Allender Education and Social Work
Dr Claire Hiller Health Sciences
Professor Iqbal Ramzan Pharmacy
A/Professor Bill Pritchard Science
Dr Ben Saul Sydney Law School
Dr Shailendra Sawleshwarkar Sydney Medical School
Professor Sid Gray School of Business
Professor Richard Trethowan Agriculture and Environment
Professor Peter Sharp Agriculture and Environment
A/Professor Navneet Dhand Veterinary Science
Ms Amanda Sayan International Portfolio

This RAG is responsible for developing a regional strategy for approval by SEG that is congruent with faculty international strategies. Its members:

  • Consult with SEG on the planning and implementation of the strategy including budgeting and development of specific initiatives such as delegations, fora and stakeholder engagement.
  • Provide a response framework for opportunities including government and agency requests, and avenues for funding (financial or in-kind).
  • Act as ‘relationship brokers’ to link people and processes across the University for the implementation of regional initiatives.

Contact details

Amanda Sayan
International Development Manager (South Asia and Networks)
T +61 2 9351 2310

We welcome expressions of interest from scholars whose work, teaching or research is either directly or indirectly related to the South Asian region.