Fifty students of Lovely Professional University (LPU) will visit USA universities for their research projects in the next academic session.
Ashok Mittal, chancellor, LPU said that that the university had tied-up and signed Memoranda-of-Understanding with four US varsities, including Iowa State University, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa and Kirkwood Community College.
He added that under the MoUs, LPU students shall be eligible to carry out research projects at these four universities.
“This collaboration aims to benefit students in terms of knowledge enhancement and practical experience, something they will be proud to carry with them as they begin their professional lives. We are looking at many more opportunities including developing of collaborative degree programs allowing students to undertake part which will make the students competitive internationally,” Mittal added.
He added joint symposia, seminars, conferences and workshops would be conducted apart from exchange of academic information and material.
“We are also thinking about introducing short-duration study programmes within these universities.”
The MoU was signed during a visit of 21-member delegation from Iowa, USA which include secretary of agriculture, senator, academicians and industrialists
Among those present from these universities were Dr. Jonathan Adam Wickert, senior vice president and provost, Iowa State University, Dr. Patrick Barry Butler, executive vice president and provost, University of Iowa, Dr. Gloria J Gibson, executive vice president, University of Northern Iowa and Steven James Ovel, associate vice president government relations, Kirkwood Community College.
Earlier chief minister, Parkash Singh Badal informed the delegation that Punjab had improved its education development index (EDI) rank from 14th to the 1st. He also offered them to work jointly for the development of both the states. Badal had added that the state would need technical support and expertise in agriculture from the US for effective diversification and to move on from the wheat, paddy cycle.
Collaborative activities between the universities include:
· Students exchange
· Academic and administrative personnel exchange
· Developing research proposals and work jointly to seek funding
· Collaborative degree programs allowing students to undertake part of
the course of study at each institution
· Conduct of joint symposia, seminars, conferences and workshops
· Exchange of academic information and materials
· Promoting academic, cultural, sports, co-curricular, social, community development
· Development of entrepreneurship and start-up projects