Bloomington, Indiana, Feb 12 : Indiana University of USA has announced the creation of its first international gateway office in Gurgaon, to be opened on February 27.
The gateway will serve as a home base for the university's activities in India, and it will support scholarly research and teaching, international study and distance learning, business partnerships and alumni events, a press release issued by IU said.
“Indiana University has a long history of engagement in India, which offers tremendous potential for our students and faculty,” IU President Michael A. McRobbie said.
“At the same time, IU is an attractive destination and partner for talented students and scholars in India. Appropriately, the IU Gateway-India is a portal that will function in both directions, facilitating excellent access to opportunities in the country for IU faculty and students while at the same time allowing our India-based students, alumni and partners to connect directly with the university.
“This office—which will be the first of many such international gateways—will enable us to accelerate academic activities and partnerships in this increasingly important area of the world,” McRobbie added.
The IU Gateway-India office will occupy one floor of the Gurgaon campus of the American Institute of Indian Studies, an NGO run by a consortium of U.S. colleges and universities that includes IU.
“The American Institute of Indian Studies is delighted to welcome the new Indiana University Gateway-India office to its Gurgaon campus,” the institute's president Philip Lutgendorf said.
A kickoff reception marking the official opening of the IU Gateway-India will begin in Gurgaon at 5 p.m. on Feb. 27.
Indian institutions with which IU is currently affiliated include: O.P.Jindal Global University, University of Hyderabad, IIM Lucknow, IIM Rohtak, Administrative Staff College of India, University of Pune, Confederation of Indian Industry, Elite School of Optometry, and SHODH: Institue for Research and Development.
“We have also attracted a large number of international students from India, with nearly 1,000 Indian students currently studying at IU,” Robel added.
“The physical presence established through the IU Gateway enables us to better serve these students, deepen and expand our institutional partnerships, and create a platform for further research, study abroad and international collaboration.”
“India has consistently been among the top three countries from which IUPUI recruits international students and is the leading source for international students in our graduate programs,” IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz said.