Two TU administrators travel to India

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Visit to help forge academic partnerships

Two University of Tulsa administrators are part of a delegation of higher education government officials and high-level executives from 10 U.S. colleges and universities traveling to India this week.

Cheryl Matherly, TU’s assistant provost for Global Education, and Kalpana Misra, associate dean of the College of Arts & Science, are participating in the International Academic Partnership Program paid for by the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). The program is an initiative of the Institute of International Education’s Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education and seeks to increase collaboration between higher education institutions in the U.S. and those in India.

Universities in the United States and India are increasingly seeking out partnerships to enhance academics, curricula, and research, as well as prepare their students with the international experiences and cross-cultural tools needed in their careers. However, many institutions face challenges in navigating education systems in other countries and identifying appropriate partners.

Representatives of 10 U.S. institutions are participating in a weeklong study tour in India, visiting potential Indian partner campuses and international organizations in Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi. TU currently has about 40 Indian students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs and about 711 international students total.

In addition to TU, other 2010 International Academic Partnership Program institutions are California State University, San Bernardino; College of William and Mary; Florida Atlantic University; Oakland Community College; Ohio Wesleyan University; Spelman College; St. Cloud State University; University of South Carolina; and Winston Salem State University. These campuses were chosen from a competitive pool of more than 75 nominations.

The delegation is observing higher education institutions and international organizations in the selected cities to learn about international partnership priorities from the Indian perspective. To begin the tour, participants attended an introductory workshop on Indian Higher Education and discussed U.S. and Indian priorities for developing academic linkages.

The study tour culminates with a visit to the United States-India Educational Foundation in New Delhi. Several participants will join the 2010 Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Educational Summit, where delegates will make presentations and meet with potential partner institutions.

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Mona Chamberlin