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UNT expands relationships with institutions in India

From a UNT News Service press release


UNT delegation in India.

UNT recently signed five agreements with institutions of higher education in India, laying the groundwork for new internship programs, faculty research collaborations and student recruitment -- initiatives that will strengthen UNT's research efforts and prepare its students to compete in the global marketplace.

The agreements were signed when a delegation of UNT faculty and staff members traveled to India earlier this year and visited 15 institutions.

"As an institution, UNT is committed to establishing strong relationships with research and education institutions across the globe. As one of the world's largest economies and a growing technological power, India provides innovative and prestigious opportunities for scholarship that will be valuable to our students and faculty," says Vish Prasad, vice president for research and economic development.

The new agreements are the culmination of relationships UNT faculty and staff have been developing with Indian partners in recent years, and are part of UNT's continued commitment to increase collaboration with international institutions and researchers. The participating schools are:

  • Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar (IITBBS)
  • International Institute of Information Technology, Bhubaneswar (IIIT Bhubaneswar)
  • College of Engineering, Pune (COEP)
  • New Horizon Educational Institution in Bangalore
  • Vivekananda University in Belur Math, Kolkata

"UNT has very active relationships in India, and we hope these expanded relationships will give us the opportunity to attract the best students from India to come work with our faculty," says Warren Burggren, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

UNT now has a total of 11 agreements with institutions in India. The partnerships involve the Office of Research and Economic Development and multiple colleges, including the College of Engineering, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, and the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism.

"The amount the U.S. spent on research and development globally doubled between 1996 and 2006, and most of that is due to investments from India and China," says Rick Nader, interim vice provost for international affairs. "This trend presents an opportunity for international offices to engage with India's growing investments in research and higher education, and to play a more active role in the cultivation of international research and education partnerships to benefit UNT."

Alyssa Yancey with UNT News Service can be reached at

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