M S University will finalize collaboration with three top-ranking universities of the United Kingdom, including University of Leicester, University of Durham and University of Westminister.
MSU vice-chancellor professor Yogesh Singh has been invited by these universities to finalize the areas of collaboration.
From Monday, Singh accompanied by MSU’s director of office of international affairs professor Sharad Bansal will start concretizing future activities under collaboration during their visit to the United Kingdom.
Singh will hold discussions with vice-chancellors and other top academicians of these three universities during his visit till February 9.
“Vice-chancellor’s visit to the three universities will provide a major boost to the ongoing thrust towards internationalization at our university,” MSU’s officer on special duty (registrar) Dr Amit Dholakia said.
Founded in 1927, University of Leicester is a research-led university, consistently ranked amongst the top 15 universities in the United Kingdom. It has been rated third best in England (after Oxford and Cambridge) for the quality of lecturing staff and amongst the top one per cent of universities in the world based on the citation levels.
A three-member high-level delegation from this university led by its pro vice-chancellor professor Douglas Tallack had visited MSU in December 2013 to explore possibility of academic collaborations, research tie-ups and funding. Singh’s visit is a reciprocal effort to further concretize the nature of joint activities.
“Initial thrust of MSU-University of Leicester collaboration is likely to be on students’ exchange programmes in areas of humanities, social sciences, visual arts and business studies,” said Dholakia.
MSU has had a long-standing relationship with University of Durham, a public research university based in England, with which it has collaborated in fields like performing arts and archaeology in past. The third oldest university in England, it is ranked in the top 100 best universities in the world in 2013.
With the University of Westminister, MSU is expecting tangible outcomes in terms of visit of international scholars to Vadodara for short-term teaching and research related activities. Westminster, where MSU’s former vice-chancellor professor Bhikhu Parekh is a professor of political philosophy, is a public research university based in London. (TOI)