Bryn Mawr President Part Of U.S. Higher-Education Delegation Traveling To India

Posted February 17th, 2010 at 2:47 pm.

mcauliffe-1Bryn Mawr College President Jane McAuliffe will spend the first week of March in India with U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter and senior officials from 13 other colleges and universities, including Michigan State University, Rollins College, and the University of Kentucky, as part of the Institute of International Education’s U.S. University Presidents’ Delegation to India.

The delegation is traveling to India to promote U.S. higher education and to enhance and expand linkages with Indian institutions. During their trip, the group will be meeting with senior higher- education officials, current college and university students, and industry and government leaders.

“This is an exciting trip for many reasons. Our group has leaders and representatives from across the U.S. higher-education spectrum—research universities, liberal-arts colleges, community colleges—which is very unusual and allows us to give those we meet a much better understanding of just what the U.S. ‘system’ of higher education truly is. And for us, India is a country with a very strong higher-education system of its own that we can learn from and partner with,” says McAuliffe.

The delegation’s first stop will be the city of Bangalore, capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. A fast-growing city known as the Silicon Valley of India because of the many information-technology companies headquartered there, Bangalore is also home to Bangalore University and many renowned professional institutes.

From there, the group will travel to Pune, considered the education capital of India. The city’s many research institutes, universities and professional schools include Symbiosis International University, one of India’s largest private universities, and the University of Pune.

The delegation will conclude its visit in New Delhi with meetings with senior officials at the Department of Education, University Grants Commission, local universities, U.S. Embassy and Fulbright Commission and attendance at the Emerging Directions in Global Education (EDGE) Conference.

While she is in New Delhi, McAuliffe also plans to meet with leaders of several leading women’s colleges of the University of Delhi and with Bryn Mawr alumnae and parents.

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