In a first, UoP signs MoU with US university

The V-C said the 610 colleges affiliated to the UoP will also be part of the MoU

The University of Pune (UoP) on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a top ranked university in the USA.

The MoU between UoP and the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) include collaborative degree programmes, student and faculty exchanges, joint research projects and educational programmes.

The UoP is the first Indian university to sign an MoU with Penn State university.

The V-C said the 610 colleges affiliated to the UoP will also be part of the MoU.

The MoU covers social sciences, arts and fine arts, education and commerce faculties. "We are still working on what all joint courses can be run. University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved joint degree programmes, dual degree programmes with foreign universities so their wouldn' t be any issue on that part," said Dr W N Gade, Vice-Chancellor of the UoP.

The chancellor of the Penn State Hazelton Gary Lawler, chancellor of the Penn State Harrisburg Mukund Kulkarni and Vice-Provost for global programs Penn State University Michael Adewumi were present at the press conference.

"We are looking at this MoU as a strategic partnership between the two universities. There is quite a few similarities between the two universities. Like Penn State the UoP is also a state university having variety of educational programmes at both graduation as well as post graduate level," Michael Adewumi, Vice Provost for global programmes of Penn State University said.

The Penn State University has 96,000 students and has 160 graduate level programmes and around 100 Masters level post graduate and Phd programmes. The UoP had till now signed 77 MoUs with the universities based in Canada, Europe and South-East Asia.

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