December 12th, 2017

U of L forges link with university in India

By Mabell, Dave on June 23, 2017.

Dave Mabell

Lethbridge Herald

The University of Lethbridge has forged an academic link with another Asian nation: India.

Rajinder Singh Bawa, vice-chancellor of Chandigarh University in the Punjab, joined U of L vice-president (academic) Andy Hakin recently in signing a memorandum of understanding.

Officials say the agreement includes a commitment to explore research and teaching partnerships and curriculum development, as well as student exchange programs.

“The University of Lethbridge is a globally networked institution,” says Hakin. “This agreement has the potential to be particularly beneficial to our students in terms of exchange opportunities, and also more holistically through the continuing ‘internationalization’ of our campus.”

The Lethbridge campus is the “academic home” to about 550 international students, he points out. They hail from about 70 different nations, but students from India represent only five per cent of that number.

A privately supported university, Chandigarh is ranked among Asia’s “best and fastest growing” non-public educational institutions, with more than 30,000 students from across India and beyond. Contact with the U of L began with a visit by U of L president Mike Mahon.

Paul Pan, executive director (international) at the U of L, explains the agreement’s impact.

Pacts “such as this serve to create conduits for knowledge, research, capacity-building and academic exchange that contribute to the continued internationalization of the university.”

The U of L has also established links with universities in Asian nations including Japan, China and Malaysia.

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