In a new development that furthers Ahmedabad University’s commitment to advancing internationalisation of higher education in India as outlined in the National Education Policy, the University 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 exchange between the two Universities to advance the discovery of new knowledge, creative expression and innovation, and enhance teaching and learning. The agreement also stated that the areas of cooperation would include discussion of programmes to be offered by either University, which might be desirable and feasible for developing and strengthening cooperative relationships between the two. Vice Chancellor of Ahmedabad University Pankaj Chandra, Vice President for Research and Innovation at VCU Dr Sriram Rao, Associate Vice Provost for Global Initiatives at VCU Dr Jill Blondin, and Head of the Office of International Affairs 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 of Ahmedabad University Bhupendra M Shah.
Speaking about the development, Professor Chandra said, “We are committed to building deep interdisciplinary capabilities in our students and in our research to find pathways for solving the challenges facing our society. The important thing is to partner with like minded institutions like VCU to create intellectual opportunities for both our students and faculty.”
Dr Fotis Sotiropoulos, Provost, VCU, said, “It is a great honour and an amazing opportunity for VCU to be partnering with Ahmedabad University - a University, which, like VCU, is rapidly growing in impact and prestige and is at the leading edge of inventing the future of education. Both of our 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 both deeply care about: our students, faculty, and communities.”
VCU’s P Srirama Rao, said, “I am delighted that VCU will be partnering with Ahmedabad University - an institution which like VCU is committed to enhancing student and faculty success, experiential learning, and transformative innovation. In addition to our growing impact and prominence, both 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 advance student growth and faculty success but also the communities we serve.”