Fred Coolidge, professor, Department of Psychology, and Anthony Shull, executive director, Office of International Affairs, recently participated in an Institute of International Education-led tour of India and its higher education institutions as part of the 2012-2013 International Academic Partnership Program.
From Feb. 2-8, Coolidge and Shull, representing the UCCS IAPP steering committee, joined representatives from Arizona State University, Portland State University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Washington & Jefferson College and IEE staff members in efforts to learn more about the Indian higher education system and explore potential partnership opportunities.
The five institutions were selected because of their commitment to developing long-term, strategic partnerships with counterparts in India with the goals of increasing student and faculty exchange, joint research, dual degree programs, study abroad, and other partnership activities.
The group arrived in Chennai, India, and visited Anna University in Tamil Nadu, Madras Christian University in Chennai, the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar in Ahmedabad, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University in Ahmedabad, Jamia Milia Islamia in New Delhi, Indira Ghandi Open University in New Delhi, Jawaharial Nehru University in New Delhi and Tezpur University in addition to participating in the One Globe Conference in New Delhi.
In addition to touring the various universities to learn about the Indian higher education system, the groups participated in roundtable discussions about obstacles to cooperation and specific discussions about areas of common interest and possible areas of collaboration.
“There is a strong desire in India to collaborate with American universities,” Shull said. “There is a lot of opportunity here. We have as much to learn from them as they from us which creates a situation of mutual benefit.”
Coolidge, who previously traveled to India as part of three Fulbright Fellowships, was able to provide guidance about Indian customs in addition to broad knowledge about the UCCS faculty and possible areas of collaboration.
“It was an amazing trip. The Indian academic delegations were warm and welcoming, and Anthony and I were impressed with their strong desires to link their academic programs to American colleges and universities,” said Coolidge.