Times Higher Education Award Nomination

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Times Higher Education Award Nomination

Aston University has been shortlisted in this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) Awards for International Collaboration of the Year 2011. The award recognises “exceptional projects carried out jointly between a British Institution and one or more international partners”.

Aston University’s nomination is for an international collaboration between its School of Engineering & Applied Science and IIT Ropar in India. IIT Ropar is a new institution in the Punjab, set up to develop the engineers of the future. IIT Delhi has also been a major partner in this collaboration. One focus of this partnership is the development and enhancement of research activity. This has resulted in establishment of an Aston Ropar Renewable Energy Research Centre and the start of a project applying the pyrolysis techniques pioneered in Aston’s European Bioenergy Research Institute. This addresses the pollution problems that are inherent to the agricultural methods of the Punjab which involve burning stubble. Use of pyrolysis will transform this waste into energy for the region.

The collaboration demonstrates imaginative communication of research results, a clear path for a long term relationship and has successfully overcome difficulties, such as distance. These are among the many qualities the THE awards looks for when deciding the winner of this award.

Earlier this year Aston University won two prestigious awards at the Times Higher Education’s Leadership and Management Awards- Knowledge Exchange/Transfer Initiative of the Year and Outstanding Human Resources Team.

Commenting on being shortlisted, Professor Robert Berry, Executive Dean of Aston University’s School of Engineering & Applied Science, said: “Aston University's collaboration with IIT Ropar is hugely important to both institutions. I am very proud of the breadth and depth of engagement we have achieved in just a short time: from student, staff and administrative staff exchanges to exciting research that we believe will improve the lives of people in the Punjab, and other parts of India.”

The winners will be announced at a Gala dinner at Grosvenor House in London on 24 November 2011.

For further details or information contact Kreesha Pattani