Australia and New Zealand

Strategic Partnerships, Collaborative Centers, and Initiatives in Australia and New Zealand region.

Monash University

Melbourne, Australia


Penn State and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, have enjoyed multi-faceted connectivity between faculty and students for many years. Seeing this level of engagement, the two universities agreed to work toward a true strategic partnership in late 2017.

The goal of this strategic partnership is to identify and facilitate collaborative research, education, and service activities that neither could achieve independently. In essence, making 1 + 1 = 3.

The first significant action towards this vision was a bilateral university workshop at Monash University in April 2018. Afterwards, the two universities launched a large-scale Seed-funded collaboration development program in August 2018.


The Collaboration Development Fund Program, a jointly financed Seed-fund program, was launched to facilitate collaborative research and teaching projects to become sustainable, self-supporting, long-term activities. Upon strong interest by colleges and departments at both universities, 23 projects received funding for the 2018-2019 program. 

Due to the preliminary success of the first round, Penn State and Monash University have announced a new round of RFPs. This year, the Collaboration Development Fund is targeting projects in the Intersection of Health and the Environment.

To see the criteria and submit a proposal, visit Deadline for applications is June 15th, 2019.

Key Activities

The partnership with Monash is broad, spanning a number of colleges and departments at Penn State. In 2018/19, these have included the Colleges of Health and Human Development, Liberal Arts, Arts and Architecture, Engineering, Science, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Agricultural Sciences and the Institute for CyberScience. These projects involve both faculty and students and address the missions of the respective universities: research, education and service. 

For a list of projects in 2018, please see: Seed Fund Projects

For more information about Penn State's strategic initiatives in Australia, contact Martin Trethewey, Director Global Engagement at

The University of Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand

Penn State and The University of Auckland agreed in the summer of 2018 to pursue a strategic partnership. The universities are working toward a formal agreement focusing on shared strategic goals and research and teaching opportunities. More specific engagement opportunities are currently under development with a target starting date in the 4th quarter of 2019.

If you are a Penn State faculty member conducting research, leading study abroad experiences, or wish to do so in this region, please contact Martin Trethewey, Director Global Engagement, at

Faculty Expression of Interest

Penn State and the University of Auckland are in the beginning stages of strategic partnership. Both sides believe that robust strategic partnership is driven by faculty engagement. Therefore, the universities are seeking input from their respective communities to identify faculty and collaboration topics between the partners.

If you have knowledge of faculty or topics that would be worthy of pursuing in the context of this partnership, please fill out the following form and return to Alexandra Persiko, Strategic Initiatives Coordinator, by July 12th, 2019.

Penn State - Auckland Expression of Interest Form