The Pennsylvania Global and Education Hub, which comprises both public and private colleges and universities in the state, has signed two new international partnership agreements with educational facilities in India.
The program, which began seven years ago, has resulted in the creation of a pair of education facilities in Mumbai and Bangalore, strengthening the partnership between the Pennsylvanian and Indian institutions.
PASSHE spokesman Kenn Marshall wrote in a recent press release, “New agreements have been signed with Jeh and Ness Wadia of the Wadia Group and Neerja Birla of the Aditya Birla Educational Trust. They are described as “purely academic partnerships” intended to create strategic alliances and partnerships among the organizations and the participating colleges and universities that are members of the State System and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP).”
The Wadia Group’s Modern Education Society operates prestigious and recognized colleges and institutes in Pune and Mumbai. The group has also established teaching hospitals that specialize in the care of women and children, according to the PASSHE release.
Marshall also noted the opportunities of the program, “including research, program development and the offering of summer courses and programs; pre-medical/medical training in the health sciences; and professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators, including training in academic governance and leadership.”
PASSHE schools participating in the partnerships include Bloomsburg, California, Indiana, Kutztown, Millersville, Slippery Rock, Shippensburg and West Chester. Other schools participating include Gwynedd Mercy University, Harrisburg University of Science & Technology, Valley Forge Military College, York College, the Community College of Philadelphia and Montgomery County Community College.