Tuesday, November 09, 2010

U.S. varsities looking for India tie-ups

Partnerships between Indian colleges and American universities are likely to grow as 10 U.S. institutes are travelling across India to expand academic partnerships. The delegation, which was in Mumbai on Tuesday (November 9), visited three universities --- Narsee Monjee (a deemed university), Tata Institute of Social Sciences and ICFAI University.

The delegation's visit, funded by the U.S. Department for Education, seeks to support institutes wanting to enter into partnerships, forge academic collaboration, expand curricular offerings, advance joint research, and prepare students with the international experiences and cross-cultural tools needed in their careers. "However, many institutions face significant challenges in navigating education systems in other countries, identifying appropriate partners and developing effective institutional partnership strategies,'' stated a press note from the International Institute of Education (IIE).

"The delegation's aim is to visit higher education institutions and international organizations in select cities to observe higher education in India and learn about international partnership priorities from the Indian perspective,'' the press note stated.

Rajan Saxena, Vice-Chancellor of N.M. University, who interacted with the delegation, said that his institute would be keen on joining hands with American universities interested in partnering in programmes in emerging disciplines. "There were a range of universities that visited us - from public institutions to research universities to community colleges to institutes that promote continuing education,'' Saxena said. N.M. University, which already has a tie-up with Harvard University for faculty development, is interested in attracting international students and 'bringing an international experience to its classrooms right here,' he said.

American universities have seen a serious beating in their endowments during the financial crisis. Also, American institutes have taking serious cognizance of the fact that America slipped to the second place when fresh enrollment numbers were compiled last year. This trip could probably broaden ties with universities of a country that is projected to have the largest young population for at least another decade.

Source: The Times of India, November 9, 2010
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