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Salford Uni to work on smart cities with Tech Mahindra



University signs MoU with Indian IT company to collaborate on projects taking in the IoT, virtual and augmented reality


The University of Salford and Indian IT giant Tech Mahindra have agreed a partnership to collaborate on projects including work on smart cities.

The agreement was signed last week at the Manchester Indian Business Summit and will give students at the university the chance to get involved with the company’s projects.

Ashish Pandey, vice president and client executive at Tech Mahindra Salford, said key areas of the memorandum of understanding include technology transformation projects and creating connected experiences for smart cities using automation, the internet of things (IoT) as well as research into virtual and augmented reality.

“We can offer Salford University a window into the commercial tech world looking at areas such as smart cities,” he said.

The IT services and consultancy company employs over 110,000 staff and has offices in more than 60 countries.

Key goal

Helen Marshall, vice chancellor of the University of Salford, said: “To sign this agreement with such a huge worldwide company is fantastic news for Salford. Our key goal is to work closely with industry to develop our curriculum and ensure that our graduates are job ready when they leave us.

“We will also be looking at research and other collaboration opportunities. We have skills and expertise that can be shared to benefit both parties and society as whole.  I’m excited to see what this partnership brings in the coming years.”

Image by Craig Sunter from Manchester, UK - The Peel Building, Salford University, CC BY 2.0

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