Education Partnering Marks GU India Visit

Posted in: G-Town News- Nov 17, 2010 Comments Off on Education Partnering Marks GU India Visit

November 17, 2010 –On the heels of President Obama’s visit to India, a delegation of university leaders traveled to New Delhi Nov. 9, spending the week exploring India’s current educational infrastructure and the role of international collaboration in the future of the country’s higher education system.

School of Foreign Service Dean Carol Lancaster; Christopher Augostini, senior vice president, CFO and treasurer; and Georgetown President John J. DeGioia, among others, also met with Georgetown alumni in New Delhi.

“The delegation focused on productive and effective ways to engage in India with a variety of possible counterparts,” Lancaster says. “It also sought to strengthen ties with Georgetown graduates in that large, dynamic and important country.”

The Georgetown delegation joined nearly 50 members of Georgetown’s alumni community in India for a reception at the Imperial Hotel in New Delhi.

Community-based Education

The schedule included meeting with India’s country representatives for Georgetown’s Institute of Reproductive Health (IRH) for a site visit of the Child Rights Information Center (CRIC) in Badarpur.

In 2001, Dr. Victoria Jennings, IRH director and professor at the university’s Medical Center, worked with CRIC to address issues of family and reproductive health. Today the center provides free information on such topics as education and health and focuses on early childhood care and development.

Promoting Partnerships

The delegation also participated in a daylong higher education summit, convened by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on “Renovations in Indian Higher Education: Renewed Focus on Autonomy, Accountability and Partnerships.”

Supported by India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development, the summit brought together more than 400 leaders in higher education and private enterprise from India and abroad. Minister Kapil Sibal, the Union Minister for Human Resource Development in India, spoke at the conference.

DeGioia gave the keynote address at the summit, which focused on India’s educational landscape and strategies for building partnerships with colleges and universities around the world.

“When we assemble talent from every corner of the globe, when we can connect that talent in new collaborative partnerships, and when the decisions made in one place can affect the lives of people in many other places,” he said, “I believe we need to acknowledge a new kind of responsibility to engage in the world.”

Previous keynote speakers at the summit have included the presidents of Yale and Stanford universities and the chancellor of the University of Oxford.

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