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Brown University reaches out to Indians

Last month, officials of the Ivy League university visited India to forge relationships with colleges here. Mathew Guttman, VP, international affairs, talks about the India connection

education Updated: Sep 08, 2010 09:27 IST
HT Horizons Correspondent

What expansion plans do you have for India? How many Indian students are expected to undergo exchange programmes to Brown next fall? What are the universities you are partnering with as of now?
Brown has had faculty collaborations and student exchanges with India for many years and is at present building on these excellent ties. From Delhi, where Brown has had a student exchange with St Stephen’s since 1991, to Chennai, where Brown Medical School specialists on infectious disease have worked with YR Gaitonde Centre for AIDS Research and Education and HIV+ patients since 1997, and beyond, Brown will partner with universities, research centres, and private industry to study and help resolve contemporary social challenges. We will soon sign an agreement with IIT Bombay for student exchanges to begin in 2011.

We have a summer internship programme in India. Up to ten students now go to India in the summer to work with companies and acquire hands-on work experience. Such companies include Reliance, Infosys, Jubilant, Hindustan Times, Arshiya International, Godrej Industries etc

Which are the programmes that draw international students?
Economics, biology, international relations, and engineering draw international interest.

How many Indian students are there at the university? What’s the total number of international students?
There are approximately 60 undergraduates and 50 graduate students from India. There are around 600 international undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students.

The numbers of applicants from India have grown sharply in the last five years. In 2005, there were less than 100; this year there were almost 260. Brown is delighted to welcome 18 new students from India in its first year, freshman class of 2014. This is the highest number of Indian students in any class – and we hope the trend will continue and more top Indian students will apply and come to us.

What about the financial aid given to international students every year?
Approximately 30 per cent of international students receive financial aid. Brown tries to give financial aid to all those students who need it, regardless of their course of studies.