Monday, April 09, 2012

University of Northampton (UK) signs MoU with University of Madras

The University of Northampton, which is among UK’s most prestigious teaching institutions, recently signed a MoU with the University of Madras to conduct its online MSc programme in international environmental management. Professor Nick Petford, who is the vice-chancellor of the University of Northampton met Dr VD Swaminathan, the Director of the University Centre for International Relations, University of Madras, and discussed about the course being delivered through a joint award arrangement. The two universities will now work together to validate and launch this degree for the January 2013 intake.

Professor Petford, who is a former Royal Society University Research Fellow and Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, said, “Environmental management issues now feature prominently on national and international political agendas. The Indian subcontinent is particularly sensitive to climate variability, while its environment, society, industry and agriculture are potentially vulnerable to future climate change.” According to the professor, University of Northampton has specifically designed this course jointly with the University of Madras to meet the needs and ever growing sustainability demands of India and other developing countries.

Besides this, discussions were also held regarding the association of the universities for establishing an international network of academic institutions interested in promoting research, education and scholarship in the field of waste management. This will be a consortium of universities worldwide, who share academic excellence and a commitment to sustainable environmental and wastes management. Professor Petford also expressed his interest in establishing a Centre for Waste Management with the University of Madras. Commenting on the MoU, Dr Swaminathan said, “Through this association, the students here have an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to become effective environmental managers.”

Source: The Financial Express, April 9, 2012

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