Penn State hosts U.S.-India Higher Ed Research Conference Oct. 10-11

October 06, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State will host a high-level delegation of invited researchers and administrators from the U.S. and India Oct. 10-11, 2011, to create a network of scholars and policy makers that can serve as a think-tank for discussing opportunities and challenges associated with higher education in India.

“We expect that this inaugural conference will also contribute to establishing and strengthening relationships and friendships between academic communities in the U.S. and in India, and of course with Penn State,” said Michael Adewumi, vice provost for Global Programs and leader of the Global Engagement Network strategy.

“Penn State has decided to use strategic partnership as an effective means of engagement around the world,” he added. “India has been identified as one of the focused sites in our strategy of internationalization and it is in this spirit that I view this conference.”

The conference was organized by the Faculty Implementation Team of Penn State’s Global Engagement Network with special focus on India, which is led by Arvind Rangaswamy, senior associate dean of faculty and research in the Smeal College of Business, and Soundar Kumara, Allen E. & Allen M. Pearce Professor of Industrial Engineering.

“Partnerships between educational institutions will play a central role in strengthening the relationship between U.S. and India,” said Rangaswamy. “Penn State is proud to help in this effort by organizing the first research conference to explore ways in which we can collaborate to improve higher education excellence, access and growth in India. The outstanding group of people speaking at this conference is a sign that our efforts have started off on a firm footing.”

Adewumi explained that as an institution, Penn State must set out on the course toward global leadership in scholarship and international engagements through partnership.In addition,  teachers and administrators of the University must prepare and encourage their students to embark on a journey toward global citizenship. Thus, global leadership and global citizenship are the cornerstone of the Global Penn State.

Some of the delegates will also attend the U.S.–India Higher Education Summit, hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on Oct. 13 in Washington, D.C.

In the Fall 2010 semester there were 695 Indian students studying at Penn State, representing the third-largest nationality group after China and South Korea.

Last Updated October 07, 2011