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Scottish universities forge links with India

MIT Pune ties up with Scottish varsities for expertise in design, comp gaming, and civil engineering

education Updated: Jun 23, 2010 09:20 IST
HT Horizons Correspondent

In a move that will further strengthen academic ties between Scotland and India, the University of Dundee and the University of Abertay Dundee recently signed agreements with the Maharashtra Academy of Engineering Education and Research (MIT Pune) for education and research opportunities.

Dundee has a long association with India, primarily through the city's history of jute trading. Now, the city’s two universities have forged new links with India through cutting-edge expertise in design, computer gaming and civil engineering. Fiona Hyslop, MSP, Minister for Culture and External Affairs, Scotland, said, “Scotland and India’s historical links represent great potential for collaboration and mutual benefit. So, I am delighted to see the city of Dundee’s universities taking the lead in building links that I hope will open up long-lasting educational and research opportunities. Such joint working is exactly what we are seeking to encourage through the India Plan.”

The partnership between Dundee and MIT Pune was initiated by Scottish Development International. The agreements will see students from Pune coming to Dundee to study on some of the leading courses offered by Dundee and Abertay Dundee. “This is a wide-ranging collaboration that reflects our international reputation in Civil Engineering and Dundee’s position as a centre for training and research in creative industries. It will continue to develop over the next few years, broadening both the subject coverage and the depth of collaboration,” said professor Pete Downes, principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Dundee.

Professor Bernard King CBE, principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Abertay Dundee, said, “We share with MIT Pune a tradition of providing advanced, career-relevant higher education, and this important agreement establishes a new partnership between our institutions that will benefit both nations. MIT Pune’s students will gain from our expertise as one of the world’s leading centres of excellence for computer games and computer arts degree courses, and our own students will benefit from an enriched educational experience through studying alongside talented Indian students.”