Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) located in Chennai, India, is one among the foremost institutes of national importance in higher technological education, basic and applied research.
History of the partnership
The cooperation between IIT Madras and KTH has a long history, with both Universities involved in Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window projects and research collaboration between individual faculties. This relationship was formalized by signing a MoU between both Universities in 2012 with student mobility commencing in 2014. In January 2019, Prof. Stefan Östlund, Vice President for Global relations, led a KTH faculty delegation to IIT Madras for a joint workshop to explore avenues for deepening the collaboration. As a result a joint PhD supervision agreement and a key partner agreement was signed between KTH President Prof. Sigbritt Karlsson and IIT Madras Director Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi in New Delhi during the state visit of His Majesty King of Sweden to India in December 2019.
Like KTH, IIT Madras has advanced research facilities and researchers in most topics related to technology and hence several research co-operations exist between the faculty. Prominent topics of existing collaboration are Electric Power Engineering, High Voltage Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Biotechnology, Wireless Communication, Artificial Intelligence, Material Science, and Computer Science. After signing of agreement in Dec 2019, joint PhD supervision between research groups have started and it is expected to grow in coming years.
IIT Madras and KTH are cooperating in activities where high quality contents generated at their respective institutes are made available to society through e-Learning platforms, targeting students and professionals. EECS school at KTH and Electrical Engineering at IIT Madras have a teacher exchange agreement under the Linneaus-Palme prgramme.
Other forms of cooperation and events
Both IIT Madras and KTH are involved in EU Erasmus+ project MIELES - Modernizing and Enhancing Indian eLearning Educational Strategies and in EU Erasmus+ project EQUAMBI – Enhancing Quality Assurance Management and Benchmarking Strategies in Indian Universities. As a sub-activity of the MIELES project, two courses by KTH professors were offered at the online platform NPTEL coordinated by IIT Madras. Both institutes are also in the Heritage Network between prominent Indian and European Universities.