Bloomington, IN (PRWEB) February 12, 2013
EDITORS: Details about the opening event can be found at the bottom of this release.
Indiana University has announced the creation of its first international gateway office. Located in Gurgaon, India -- a suburb of New Delhi -- the Indiana University Gateway-India will serve as a home base for IU activities in the country.
The office will support scholarly research and teaching, international study and distance learning, business partnerships and alumni events.
"Indiana University has a long history of engagement in India, which offers tremendous potential for our students and faculty," IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. "At the same time, IU is an attractive destination and partner for talented students and scholars in India. Appropriately, the IU Gateway-India is a portal that will function in both directions, facilitating excellent access to opportunities in the country for IU faculty and students while at the same time allowing our India-based students, alumni and partners to connect directly with the university.
"This office -- which will be the first of many such international gateways -- will enable us to accelerate academic activities and partnerships in this increasingly important area of the world," McRobbie added.
Located within the industrial and financial center of the North Indian state of Haryana, the IU Gateway-India will occupy one floor of an attractive, modern building on the Gurgaon campus of the American Institute of Indian Studies, an NGO run by a consortium of U.S. colleges and universities that includes IU.
"The American Institute of Indian Studies, now celebrating its 50th year of advancing scholarship on India, is delighted to welcome the new Indiana University Gateway-India office to its Gurgaon campus," American Institute of Indian Studies President Philip Lutgendorf said. "Our administrators and the research staff of the two extraordinary archives that the building also houses -- devoted to India's architectural and performed heritage -- look forward to the collegial presence of IU faculty and students as the university's role in India expands."
A kickoff reception marking the official opening of the IU Gateway-India will begin in Gurgaon at 5 p.m. IST Feb. 27.
"Our co-location with AIIS not only provides a beautiful, well-equipped facility but also a direct link to the institute's vast network of resources," said David Zaret, vice president for international affairs. "We couldn't ask for a better setup for building on what is already a robust IU presence in India."
The IU Gateway India is a joint initiative of the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs, the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President at IU Bloomington and the Office of the IU Executive Vice President and Chancellor of IUPUI, with additional support from the IU Foundation and the Kelley School of Business. Zaret and Provost Lauren Robel will be among the attendees at the kickoff ceremony.
"The opportunities available through the IU Gateway support our vital commitment to a global academic environment," Robel said. "We have already developed strong institutional partnerships and academic exchanges in India, particularly through our Kelley School of Business, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Maurer School of Law and School of Optometry."
Indian institutions with which IU is currently affiliated include:
"We have also attracted a large number of international students from India, with nearly 1,000 Indian students currently studying at IU," Robel added. "The physical presence established through the IU Gateway enables us to better serve these students, deepen and expand our institutional partnerships, and create a platform for further research, study abroad and international collaboration."
"India has consistently been among the top three countries from which IUPUI recruits international students and is the leading source for international students in our graduate programs," IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz said. "Having the IU Gateway-India facility will allow us to provide a focal point where prospective students can be in touch with current students and alumni about opportunities for academic study and exchange programs."
IU is working on plans to open additional facilities in key areas of global significance.
WHAT: Opening reception for the Indiana University Gateway-India
WHERE: 5 to 8 p.m. IST Wednesday, Feb. 27
WHERE: American Institute of Indian Studies 22, Sector-32, Institutional Area Gurgaon-122 001 Haryana, India.