Source: The Times of India via PwC – EdLive
Most educational institutes in central Gujarat have signed multiple memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with foreign universities during the recently concluded International Conference on Academic Institutions (ICAI) 2013, held as part of the Vibrant Gujarat summit. While the M S University (MSU) entered into collaboration with 11 institutes from the UK, the US, Canada, Russia, Bhutan and Rwanda, Anand Agricultural University (AAU) and Vallabh Vidyanagar-based Sardar Patel University (SPU) signed three and six MoUs, respectively.
The SPU has signed letter of expression of intent for academic programmes with US-based Alabama State University, Montgomery, and two UK-based universities- the University of Central Lancashire and The Higher Education Academy, Heslington. Besides, SPU is also collaborating with France-based Centre Culturel Indien Tagore, Marseille while those Indian education institutes with which SPU has signed MoUs include MSU and Patan-based Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University.
The AAU on its part has signed MoUs with the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) Initiatives of IIM Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar-based Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDI). During the conference, it also signed a MoU with Hyderabad’s Orchem Industries Private Limited (popularly known as Orchem India) for licensing of its indigenously developed date palm tissue culture technology.
The city-based Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, too, has signed 22 MoUs at the ICAI including those with US-based Mount Sinai School of Medicine and MINDS Foundation, UK-based University of Lancashire, University of Bhutan and 18 others with state and national-level institutes.