Words: Melissa SweetIn early 2009, Professor Ed Byrne was winding up a senior job with University College London, preparing to return to Australia for a new role as Vice-Chancellor of Monash University.But first he made a trip to the University of Warwick, set in a picturesque part of the West Midlands. He had long been inspired by the University’s history, and how it had worked hard to become one of the UK’s top universities. It was, he thought, an ideal partner for his vision of Monash University as a global institution. Both institutions were known for being ambitious, innovative, entrepreneurial, and for forging effective partnerships with industry

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