Friday, November 05, 2010

Obama leads U.S. universities to India

Yale University and Duke University are among dozens of U.S. colleges that India is recruiting to help educate its population with more than 550 million people under age 25. Duke, Brown University and the University of Chicago are planning offices, research centers and campuses in India. The presidents of the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University and Cornell University have traveled to India to raise money and establish collaborations. Yale President Richard Levin visited India last week to set up a joint program that will educate Indian college leaders.

President Barack Obama will make a three-day state visit to India, starting tomorrow (November 6), accompanied by U.S. university officials eager to strengthen their ties to the country. Institutions want to "get in on the ground floor" as India’s economy and education system mature and the nation becomes a global power, said Dipesh Chakrabarty, a University of Chicago history professor who is leading the university’s efforts to plan a research center in New Delhi, India’s capital.

"We see India as a tremendous opportunity for higher education," said Robert Brown, President of Boston University and a member of the delegation traveling to India, where he aims to open a campus, in a telephone interview. "There’s tremendous demand, a growing population in the middle class, an English-speaking, well-organized educational system --- all the things that you need to interface with a private American university."

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