ANN ARBOR—President Mary Sue Coleman and other University of Michigan leaders will visit India next week to build partnerships and strengthen collaborations with Indian institutions of higher education.
The U-M contingent will travel to Delhi and Mumbai Nov. 13-17 to work jointly with Indian educational leaders on solving global issues such as trauma care and sustainable development. They hope to create educational experiences that allow both U-M and Indian students to understand the context within which global challenges must be understood.
"This is a natural extension of the strong partnerships the university has enjoyed in India for many years now," Coleman said. "Just as we have built upon educational bonds in China, Ghana, South Africa and Brazil in recent years, we look forward to increasing our collaborations in India."
India, which has more people than the U.S., Europe and Latin America combined, spends more on education than China, Russia or Brazil. By the next decade, it will have more college graduates than any other country except China—12 percent of the world's total.
James Holloway, U-M vice-provost for global and engaged education, says the visit will provide an opportunity to build new partnerships and enhance existing ones.
"India offers unique opportunities for our students to engage in global educational experiences that benefit both the people of India and the students who participate there," he said.
Farina Mir, director of U-M Center for South Asian Studies says global education has become central to student learning.
"Our world is increasingly globalized and our partnership with Indian institutes will provide opportunities for experiential learning for our students."
The partnerships also will allow Indian students to conduct research at U-M.
In Delhi, the university will partner with Ashoka University, the National Council of Applied Economic Research and Delhi University. The U-M group also will collaborate with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences to work on trauma care, cancer research and genetics.
In Mumbai, Coleman will deliver the keynote address at the India Business Conference, which is celebrating its 5th anniversary this year. Over the last few years, the conference has evolved as a platform not only for U-M alumni and students, but also for prominent industry executives and policymakers to meet and discuss issues of common interest.
"The annual conference is attended by over 300 people and is a platform to discuss opportunities and challenges facing global businesses in the backdrop of an emerging Indian economy," said M.S. Krishnan, director of India Initiatives at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
The U-M delegation also will visit the Indian Institute of Technology to discuss student engagement in sustainable development projects.