May 9, 2016
West Chester is one of six State System schools participating as full partners in a new international initiative with India.
The Pennsylvania Global Education & Business Hub was launched nearly four years ago to help promote Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities to students from India. This spring, representatives of more than 20 Pennsylvania public and private institutions joined the Ryan International Group of Institutions in Mumbai, India, in signing a new international partnership agreement.
Last fall, the first students from Ruia College in India traveled here to visit Pennsylvania schools.
The program also provides students and faculty from the participating colleges and universities a variety of educational opportunities in India, including workshops conducted there by faculty from the participating schools as well as summer schools, lessons offered via virtual classrooms, and a range of student and faculty exchanges. To date, the program has conducted 18 workshops organized by Pennsylvania schools in India on topics such as life sciences, mass media, “flipped classrooms,” leadership and business. Through the initiative, two Pennsylvania Education Centers already have been established in Mumbai and Bangalore to promote the schools to potential students. The centers are funded and staffed by Indian partner institutions.
The other five participating State System universities are California, East Stroudsburg, Indiana, Millersville and Slippery Rock. More than a dozen private institutions are also partnering in the effort including Arcadia, Gwynedd Mercy and Villanova universities, plus the University of the Sciences and Gettysburg, Moravian, and York colleges.
Among the planned program expansions will be the opportunity for K-12 classroom teachers who graduated from State System universities to travel to India and spend six months to a year teaching in Indian classrooms.