Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Advance trip helps set stage for presidential visit to India

To lay the groundwork for President Mary Sue Coleman's trip in the fall, Mark Tessler, vice provost for international affairs, was in India last week visiting institutions in New Delhi.

During the trip, Tessler visited Delhi University, one of India's oldest and largest universities and met with its dean for academic activities and projects.

"We have been delighted that so many scholars and administrators know about U-M," Tessler said. "We have been discussing many kinds of collaborations and exchanges involving both students and faculty."

Coleman will lead a group to India in November to strengthen research and academic collaboration with several higher education institutes.

Will Glover, associate professor of history and architecture, who was on the trip with Tessler, said discussions centered around more undergraduate research opportunities, international experiential learning, and greater emphasis on interdisciplinary scholarship.

The group also visited the National Council of Applied Economic Research and Jindal Global Law School with which the Law School has a memorandum of understanding.

Ruma Banerjee, professor of biological chemistry, also accompanied Tessler and Glover on the trip.