Ahmedabad University and Virginia Commonwealth University sign Memorandum of Understanding for Internationalization of Higher Education


Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India (NewsSee) In a new development that reinforces the University of Ahmedabad’s commitment to advancing the internationalization of higher education in India, as outlined in the National Education Policy, the University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) – a leading public institution based in Virginia, USA. The MoU will facilitate the development of academic and cultural exchanges between the two universities to advance the discovery of new knowledge, creative expression and innovation, and improve teaching and learning. The agreement also stipulated that areas of cooperation would include discussion of programs to be offered by either university, which might be desirable and feasible to develop and strengthen cooperative relations between the two. Vice-Chancellor of University of Ahmedabad, Pankaj Chandra, Vice-President for Research and Innovation at VCU, Dr. Sriram Rao, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Global Initiatives at VCU, Dr. Jill Blondin , and Head of International Affairs Office at Ahmedabad University, Monika Setia, were present during the signing of the MoU by Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at VCU Dr. Fotis Sotiropoulos and Registrar from Ahmedabad University Bhupendra M Shah. Speaking of development, Professor Chandra said, “We are committed to building the deep interdisciplinary capacities of our students and in our research to find pathways to solving the challenges facing our society. The important thing is to partner with like-minded institutions like VCU to create intellectual opportunities for our students and faculty. Dr Fotis Sotiropoulos, Provost, VCU said, “It is a great honor and an incredible opportunity for VCU to partner with Ahmedabad University – a university which, like VCU, is growing rapidly in terms of of impact and prestige and is at the cutting edge of technology. edge to invent the future of education. Our two institutions share the same unwavering commitment to transformative innovation, student success, and meeting our students where they are in a rapidly changing world. This partnership will only benefit those we care about: our students, our teachers and our communities. Prof. Srirama Rao of VCU, said, “I am delighted that VCU is partnering with Ahmedabad University – an institution which, like VCU, is committed to improving student and faculty achievement, learning through experience and transformative innovation. In addition to our growing impact and importance, the two universities share a common vision of advancing research innovation and knowledge creation in targeted areas of energy, environment, sustainability, social justice and well-being. This new collaborative effort between our two institutions will not only promote student growth and faculty success, but also the communities we serve. » About Ahmedabad University Ahmedabad University is a leading private, non-profit research university offering students a liberal education with a focus on interdisciplinary learning, practical orientation and reflection on the research. The University, established in 2009, is rooted in the vision of one of India’s finest educational foundations, the Ahmedabad Education Society, which was founded in 1935 by nationalist leaders. The University’s programs range from bachelor’s to doctoral degrees in the humanities and social sciences, natural sciences, engineering and management through its 10 schools and centers: Amrut Mody School of Management | School of Arts and Sciences | School of Engineering and Applied Science | Wealth Management Center | International Center for Space and Cosmology | Business Studio | Center for the Future of Learning | World Center for Environment and Energy | Inter-Asian Research Center | Ahmedabad Design Laboratory. Urban University, Ahmedabad promotes independence of mind and diversity in all dimensions of its activity and helps students to become critical thinkers with analytical, practical orientation and context-aware global citizens. The University provides a contemporary educational framework that brings together the liberal arts, sciences and professions to engage in the creation of new knowledge to address the complex challenges of society and offer majors that merge the boundaries of disciplines to prepare new economy students.

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