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Friday, March 17 2023 - 13:00
Monash University and Tata Institute of Social Sciences announce double masters degree
MUMBAI, Mar.17/Medianet International-AsiaNet/--

Monash University in Australia and Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in 
India have announced a unique international double masters program. 

The double masters in International Development will allow students to build 
practical knowledge and skills, ensuring graduates are prepared for a broad 
range of international careers relating to the political, economic, cultural 
and ecological challenges leading to poverty, poor health, fragile governance, 
inequality and environmental vulnerability. 

The two-year program invites TISS students to join the Master of International 
Development Practice at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and, in 
return, gives students from Monash the opportunity to join the partner program 
at TISS in Mumbai, India. 

Students commence their studies at their home-country university before 
spending time studying at the university partner. The first cohort of TISS 
students will commence their Monash program in February 2023. On completion of 
their studies, students receive two degrees: an MA (International Development 
Practice) from TISS and a Master in International Development Practice from 
Monash University.

The program marks the formalisation of Monash's commitment to the TISS-Monash 
Strategic Partnership Agreement which involves a number of initiatives 
including research collaborations, educational programs and industry 
partnerships between the two institutions. 

Monash's Faculty of Arts and TISS have successfully collaborated for more than 
five years through the faculty's groundbreaking mobility program Global 
Immersion Guarantee (GIG), with TISS hosting Monash students each year, 
supported through the New Colombo Plan.

Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professor Katie Stevenson, said the new double 
masters was key to Monash's commitment to engaging with India.

"Monash is proud to partner with such a prestigious institution. TISS students 
are amongst the finest in the world and their presence at Monash will enrich 
the MIDP program and bring mutual benefits to our institutions. Both cohorts of 
students will exit this double masters program with deep contextual knowledge 
and vastly expanded networks that will position them to have real and global 
impact in their future careers." Professor Stevenson said.

TISS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalini Bharat said: "TISS and Monash have a 
history of deep and meaningful engagement with each other which has moved from 
strength-to-strength over the years. The double degree in International 
Development Practice is a testimony, not just to our strong partnership, but 
also to our commitment to students in creating an educational ecosystem where 
students learn to ideate, innovate and translate what they learn to address 
societal and global level challenges."

Dean of International Relations Office (TISS), Professor Madhushree Sekher: 
"The National Education Policy of India has brought several avenues to engage 
with international partners. The dual degree with Monash University, launched 
in 2022, brings new opportunities and a widening of perspectives for not just 
students but all those involved in the process. Such a cross country learning 
exercise is always a rich experience. It fosters the development of local 
partnerships critical in the internationalisation of higher education."

Monash President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner AC, said: 
"This new double degree builds on the University's strong record of partnership 
with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India. It reaffirms the Monash 
commitment to providing transformative experiences for students by fostering 
connections around the globe."

"Through deep and prolonged international engagement, Monash has forged a 
network of partnerships with leading international institutions to power 
collaborative solutions at scale to address major complex global and regional 
challenges," Professor Gardner said.

Monash University Provost and Senior Vice-President, Professor Susan Elliott AM 
said: "As one of the most international universities, we provide rich learning 
experiences and unique opportunities in multiple locations around the world to 
equip students with the knowledge, skills and ways of thinking that our 
societies need into the future. This dual degree offers students a significant 
opportunity to gain important future-focused skills and build global networks, 
while studying with two globally leading institutions," Professor Elliott said.

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Monash University, Australia

With a presence on three continents, international partnerships and study 
abroad programs around the world, Monash is Australia's largest and most global 
university, ranked in the top 50 universities worldwide  number one globally 
for Pharmacy and Pharmacology ( 
)  in the QS rankings. Monash is a member of the Group of Eight 
(, recognised for their excellence in teaching and research.

With students from more than 170 countries and a network of more than 440,000 
alumni, Monash students benefit from a truly global education. We have over 100 
international partners giving students access to more research collaborations, 
more global partnerships, and a greater choice of overseas opportunities.

Monash qualifications are highly regarded by employers and recognised 
worldwide. ( 
)Our reputation is so strong that multinational companies actively recruit on 
our campuses. 

Monash University and India

Monash University has a long history of engagement and connection to India, 
forging strong partnerships ( 
) for research and academic collaborations, and industry connections to ensure 
we respond to the mutual challenges of our nations and the world.

The major Australian-Indian research collaboration,  IITB-Monash Research 
Academy ( in Mumbai recently reached a new 
milestone, awarding its 200th PhD since it was established in 2008.

Partner universities include the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, O.P. Jindal 
Global University (JGU), Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), Amity 
University, Manipal (MAHE), Vidyalankar School of Information Technology (VSIT) 
and the National Institute of Design.

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Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) is a multi-campus public research 
university located in Mumbai, India. Asia's oldest institute for professional 
social work education, it was established in 1936 as the Sir Dorabji Tata 
Graduate School of Social Work and in 1944 it was renamed as the Tata Institute 
of Social Sciences. In 1964 it was declared ‘Deemed to be a University' under 
Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act 1956.

Since its inception, the TISS vision has been to be an institution of 
excellence in higher education that continually responds to changing social 
realities through the development and application of knowledge, towards 
creating a people-centred, ecologically sustainable and just society that 
promotes and protects dignity, equality, social justice and human rights for 

SOURCE: Monash University