University of Leicester forges links with new University in India

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Leicester is the only British university to help develop new institution in Himachal Pradesh

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 22 May 2013

The University of Leicester is to play a key role in the development of a new University in India.

A delegation from Leicester is attending the formal opening of the Maharaja Agrasen University (MAU) by the President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, on 25 May.

The University of Leicester has signed an agreement with MAU for capacity building and sharing ideas and experiences. Leicester is the sole UK university to develop formal links with MAU.

The partnership has been welcomed by Patricia Hewitt, Chair of the UK India Business Council, during a conference organised in Leicester by UK Trade and Investment.

Patricia Hewitt said: “India is one of the most exciting and fastest growing economies in the world with a population of over a billion- half of whom are under the age of 25. British universities, which are amongst the best in the world, should be partnering with universities in India to share their knowledge and experience, and also to learn from the extraordinary innovation that is going on in India.

“I think this a great partnership and I wish the University of Leicester all the best with this exciting new venture.”

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) Professor Douglas Tallack said the University of Leicester had a wealth of experience in capacity building – creating key relationships and in curriculum development.

“This is internationalisation at its best, working with institutions to develop programmes and forge connections that last.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Maharaja Agrasen University in order to bring our considerable  experience and expertise at Leicester to bear on the future development of this new University in Himachal Pradesh.

“There is so much potential in terms of research collaboration, student and staff exchanges, course development and more. This marks the beginning of a long and mutually beneficial relationship between the universities.”

Under the agreement, Leicester will work with MAU initially in Engineering and Computer Science.  Students will have the opportunity to complete part of their course in India and part in Leicester subject to satisfactory performance as specified by Leicester and also depending on course options followed at MAU.

Students could also be eligible for Study Abroad options leading to degrees awarded by MAU and progress onto Master’s courses at Leicester, subject to qualification.

“We view our international alliances as a core driving philosophy and our partnership with the University of Leicester is its vital element,” said Dr. N.K. Garg, Chancellor of Maharaja Agrasen University.

He added: “We aim at leveraging our partnership with University of Leicester to develop students’ global perspectives and international opportunities. The University of Leicester will help us in capacity building to meet international academic standards and ensuring that an international multi-cultural ethos pervades our University.”

Director of Strategic Partnerships at the University of Leicester, Dr Michael Green, said:  “In recent years, the University of Leicester has established partnerships with several Indian universities located in Tamil Nadu and these collaborations have supported the development of a positive brand image for the University throughout South India, as well as generating research income.  However, to date, University of Leicester has no partnerships with universities in Northern India.

“The Foundation which is the driving force behind the new MAU is comprised of people of high achievement in business, politics or education and is deeply respected in Delhi and North India. It is both an opportunity and also an honour for University of Leicester to be the partner of MAU in helping it to begin its existence with curricula which are benchmarked to international standards in the key areas of Engineering and Computing Science.”

The formal opening of the University will be attended by Professor Rajeev Raman, from the Department of Computer Science, Ian Jarvis from the Department of Engineering and Dr Michael Green, Director of Strategic Partnerships at the University of Leicester.

More information on MAU: http://www.mau.ac.in/

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For interviews, contact Professor Douglas Tallack via Kathy Baddiley on T: +44 (0)116 252 2679 or by email: kxb@le.ac.uk

At MAU: Contact Dr. S.P Bansal, Vice-Chancellor, 0091-9418141389, email: vc@mau.ac.in

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