A grand slam of a degree

After moving from her home country to study at Victoria University, Shruti Bhandurge is now pursuing the career of her dreams as a key representative for India under the India-Australia Sports Partnership (IASP).

Shruti (left) with sister Preeti at Melbourne Park.

Sport science alumna Shruti graduated with a wealth of work and industry experience, having completed an internship with Tennis Australia and a number of Australia-India research projects.

"I chose VU because of the research prospects and facilities. Melbourne is also the sporting capital of Australia, and it was my dream to get into Tennis Australia. So it was a winning combination."

Aside from hard work, Shruti says it was VU’s supportive staff and work-integrated learning opportunities that enabled her success during and post study.

"There were enormous research projects that I could just partake in, and professors that really help you to understand what the subject is beyond the course material. I think that’s what makes the students different at VU, they make you job ready."

Shruti also inspired younger sister Preeti Bhandurge to study VU’s double degree Bachelor of Sport Management/Bachelor of Business.

Working as a duo, the sisters say they are determined to build a wealthier and educated future for sports in India through further involvement in VU India and IASP projects.

India-Australia Sport Partnership (IASP)

In April 2017, VU Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Dawkins joined Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar to launch a new India-Australia Sport Partnership.

Under the partnership, VU and the University of Canberra share their sport expertise, research, and experience with India as it establishes its first national sport university.

Since 2013, the Australian Government has supported VU to develop key initiatives as part of an overarching Australia-India program for cooperation in sport. Our current projects in India include:

  • collaborations with state governments in Kerala and Punjab to build elite sport success and grassroots participation
  • projects with the Australian Institute of Sport to develop and test sport technologies, and explore commercial opportunities with Australian sports companies
  • research into the physical literacy of India’s most active adults as part of the 2017 Mumbai Marathon.

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