During a pre-COVID-19 trip to Australia, Rector Luc Sels from KU Leuven visited the University of Melbourne in order to build the research collaboration as part of their 'priority partnership'.
Peter Lievens, Vice Rector for International Policy at KU Leuven: 'In this phase, Leuven and Melbourne will fund thirty joint PhDs, spread over three consecutive calls. That is a significant number, especially with a top-level institution such as the University of Melbourne: it is the highest-ranked university in Australia and has a rock-solid reputation worldwide.'
It is hoped that the first students will begin work on their PhDs in 2021 and that there will also be opportunities for student exchange between the two institutions.
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