Carleton Strengthens Ties to India with New Partnerships and Plans for Two International Summits

Carleton University has announced the establishment of two new partnerships with Indian universities to pursue academic development and research.

Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte signed memorandums of understanding this week in India with the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies in Delhi on renewable energy and aerospace engineering and with Jindal Global University on business management.

“These agreements target specific areas of strength for the partner institutions and provide a framework for exchanges of faculty and students for joint research projects, academic exchanges and collaborative programs,” says Dr. Runte.

During the week-long trip, Dr. Runte will also give a speech to faculty and students at BITS, Pilani – Hyderabad Campus, in which she will outline the need for interdisciplinary thinking and an international team of researchers, as well as the role post-secondary education can play in addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by an increasingly global world.

Dr. Runte also announced that Carleton’s Canada-India centre will host two international summits later this year that will bring together top academics and leaders in industry and government.

The first, the Canada-India Innovation Summit, will take place from May 9 to 13 to discuss innovation strategies in key sectors of interest to both Canada and India. The Summit will feature Indian inventor, entrepreneur and policymaker Sam Pitroda. Carleton is teaming up with International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada to host the event.

In June, the Canada-India Education Summit will focus on a dialogue between vice-chancellors from India and Canadian university executives on issues surrounding leadership and strategies for higher education. The event, taking place May16 to 17, is supported by the Shastri Institute with the support of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.

In Mumbai on Friday afternoon, February 11, Dr. Runte will meet with journalists for a roundtable discussion on these and other initiatives.

Background:
Canada and India share a strong commitment to education, the environment, health and science. Both view technology as a means to solve problems and to advance economic development. Celebrating these common goals and the mutual desire to build trade partnerships and scientific and cultural links, Carleton University has established, in collaboration with the India High Commission and community members, the Canada-India Centre for Excellence in Science, Technology, Trade and Policy.

The centre, to be located in the university’s new River Building that is opening later this year, is bringing together key members of the academic, business and public policy communities in both countries to provide cutting-edge research, analysis, training and exchanges.

Last fall, the university hosted Canadian business leaders for roundtable discussions with two top India ministers and has hosted other India government delegations. Details about Carleton’s India connections are available at: http://www.carleton.ca/india.

About Carleton University:
Located in the nation’s capital, Carleton University is a dynamic research and teaching institution with a tradition of leading change. Its internationally recognized faculty, staff and researchers provide more than 24,000 full- and part-time students from every province and more than 100 countries around the world with academic opportunities in more than 65 programs of study, including public affairs, journalism, film studies, engineering, high technology, and international studies. Carleton’s creative, interdisciplinary and international approach to research has led to many significant discoveries and creative works in science and technology, business, governance, public policy and the arts. As an innovative institution Carleton is uniquely committed to developing solutions to real-world problems by pushing the boundaries of knowledge and understanding daily.

For further information concerning the Mumbai roundtable event on February 11 with journalists, please contact Daniel Bood at Daniel.Bood@international.gc.ca or at +91 9967515930

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For more information:
Amy Guest
Media Relations
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 8718
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