The University of British Columbia is deepening its commitment to India by opening offices in Bangalore and New Delhi and establishing partnerships with leading universities and research institutions across India.
The new Bangalore office will be spearheaded by UBC’s Sauder School of Business. This initiative will be announced in Bangalore at a Nov. 15 event hosted by the Premier of British Columbia Christy Clark.
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In addition, the Sauder School of Business will announce Memorandum of Understanding agreements to be signed with two of India’s most prominent educational institutions, the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. These partnerships will provide a framework to increase student exchange, research partnerships and collaborative program development.
“These initiatives represent a landmark achievement in UBC’s ongoing quest to create an international centre of excellence for study, research and partnership,” says UBC President Stephen Toope.
The announcement of the new Bangalore office is part of a B.C. Government trade mission to India led by Premier Clark.
“International education is an important part of B.C.’s Jobs Plan,” says Premier Christy Clark. “The opening of the UBC India Office will showcase educational opportunities available in B.C. as well as support future partnerships and academic exchanges.”
President Toope, Vice President Research and International John Hepburn and Sauder School of Business Dean Daniel Muzyka are among executives from 16 B.C. post-secondary institutions participating in the mission.
“Our new office in Bangalore puts UBC and Sauder on the ground in a country that will influence global economic growth for the next century,” says Dean Muzyka. “Through enhanced research, programs and engagement, the school will endeavor to serve the needs of India as it grows, while learning from rapid changes taking place in its economy.”
The UBC India Office in Bangalore will be a gateway allowing UBC and Sauder School of Business to engage directly with key academic, government and business stakeholders. With the goal of enhancing educational programs, exchanges, and research collaboration, the office will work to deepen connections with the Indian business community to enhance career support and job opportunities for students and alumni. It will serve as a strong base to the ever-growing network of UBC and Sauder graduates who call the country home.
As well, UBC will be opening an office in New Delhi in partnership with the University of Toronto. Toope joins UofT President David Naylor at the Federation of India Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s 7th Annual Higher Education Summit to announce their joint endeavour on Nov. 12.
UBC has a long tradition of partnerships in India where it has worked with numerous universities and organizations over the past 20 years. Since 2000, UBC has quadrupled the number of international students from India with close to 290 Indian undergraduate and graduate students at its Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.
During the course of the mission, UBC executives will also be concluding agreements in health research and education with the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences in Punjab, the Guangzhou Women and Children’s Health Center in Guangdong and the Chongqing Medical University in China.
The University of British Columbia is one of North America’s largest public research and teaching institutions, and one of only two Canadian institutions consistently ranked among the world’s 40 best universities. Surrounded by the beauty of the Canadian West, it is a place that inspires bold, new ways of thinking that have helped make it a national leader in areas as diverse as community service learning, sustainability and research commercialization.
UBC offers more than 50,000 students a range of innovative programs and attracts $550 million per year in research funding from government, non-profit organizations and industry through 7,000 grants. UBC attracts exceptional international students with upwards of 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students from 145 countries.
The Sauder School of Business at UBC is one of the world’s leading academic business schools. Located in Vancouver, the school provides a global business perspective informed by its location at Canada’s gateway to the Pacific Rim. The school maintains an international reputation for excellence in research, and has led Canadian business schools in grants and citations in major academic journals for more than a decade. With over 100 highly regarded academics from around the globe, Sauder enjoys worldwide recognition for its excellence in research, teaching and outreach. Sauder’s connection to India has grown substantially since 2004 when it established a student exchange program with IIM Ahmedabad.