Thursday, October 28, 2010

Yale University signs MoU with IIT-Kanpur and IIM-Kozhikode

Indian Institute of Management-Kozhikode (IIM-K), Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K) and Yale University, U.S. have entered into a partnership to advance higher education in India through academic leadership development programmes for higher education leaders in India and through research on Indian higher education.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard was signed between Dr. Richard Levin, President of Yale University, Dr. Debashis Chatterjee, Director of IIM-K, and Dr. Sanjay Dhande, Director of IIT-K in the presence of Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) Kapil Sibal and Minister of State for HRD D. Purandeswari.

Speaking on the occasion, Kapil Sibal said that this partnership, which will take effect from January 2011, will be sited in two new Centers of Excellence for Academic Leadership (CEAL) to be established at IIM-K and IIT-K. "The partnership will begin with a term of five years, and could be renewed thereafter," he added. He also said that a six member committee with equal participation from the three partnering institutes will determine the norms/qualifications for participating in these leadership programmes.

The flagship programme of the partnership will be a new "India-Yale University Leadership Programme," to be developed by Yale University in consultation with IIM-K and IIT-K, that will expose university and academic leaders in India at the levels of vice-chancellor, director, and deans to the best practices of academic administration and institutional management in the United States.

Yale University, IIM-K, and IIT-K would also engage in joint faculty research on higher education and collaborate to organize workshops and seminars on relevant areas of academic administration and leadership. The first programmes under the agreement would take place in 2011 in New Haven, Connecticut.

Yale President Richard Levin stated, "Yale is pleased to undertake this important and much needed effort on higher education with IIM-Kozhikode and IIT-Kanpur. We look forward to working with them to advance the cause of higher education in India by sharing what we have learned over three centuries as an institution and we similarly look forward to learning from our partners in India in this age of global education."

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, October 28, 2010
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