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Advanced Research Institutes Need to Collaborate With Developing Nations

Author : Dr. Denis Kramer , Associate Professor , The University of Southampton

Dr. Denis Kramer

Dr. Denis Kramer , Associate Professor The University of Southampton

Dr. Denis Kramer is currently the Associate Professor within the Engineering and Environment at the The University of Southampton (UoS), which has more than 240 research groups engaged in cutting-edge research in UK. On a one-to-one interaction with HER magazine, Dr. Kramer talks about the attempts made by his research-intensive university to collaborate with other institutions from the developing countries and many more.

Q. Tell us about the research culture which is prevailing in the University of Southampton

A part of Russell group, The University of Southampton is renowned for its research intense culture, which is broadening its links with various other research institutions across the globe. Our department has more than 1600 PhD students and 350 faculty members who pioneer new ways in research by collaborating with inter-disciplinary academics. We foster research activities to the students from their undergrad by ensuring that they pick up projects, which are research intensive and they get an opportunity to work with us. This makes them understand the concepts of research and handling of advanced instruments. We work together on a particular issue, for which we hope to stretch boundaries, challenge traditional ways of thinking, and finding new solutions to our existing problems.

Q. Why students must be encouraged to indulge in research activities?

When our students indulge themselves into research, they find solutions to the existing problems through innovative ideas. So, we emphasise on taking more young researchers into our institute, as they have a different perspective in solving problems. When people start seeing their problems slightly different, they would end up finding new directions in resolving it. But, the young researchers around the globe face difficulty in taking their research forward as the nation's interest in developing technologies are quite different from their own. So, we decided to collaborate with research institutes from different countries, so that the researchers will be able to provide optimum solution in their research activities.


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