13 February 2013

Indiana University Opens Office in Gurgaon, India

Bloomington, Ind. – 12 February 2013 - Indiana University (IU) has announced the creation of its first international gateway office in Gurgaon, India. The office will serve as a home base for IU activities in the country. It will support scholarly research and teaching, international study and distance learning, business partnerships and alumni events. 

"Indiana University has a long history of engagement in India, which offers tremendous potential for our students and faculty," IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. "At the same time, IU is an attractive destination and partner for talented students and scholars in India. Appropriately, the IU Gateway-India is a portal that will function in both directions, facilitating excellent access to opportunities in the country for IU faculty and students while at the same time allowing our India-based students, alumni and partners to connect directly with the university. 

"This office -- which will be the first of many such international gateways -- will enable us to accelerate academic activities and partnerships in this increasingly important area of the world," McRobbie added. 

Located within the industrial and financial center of the North Indian state of Haryana, the IU Gateway-India will occupy one floor of an attractive, modern building on the Gurgaon campus of the American Institute of Indian Studies, an NGO run by a consortium of U.S. colleges and universities that includes IU. 

"The American Institute of Indian Studies, now celebrating its 50th year of advancing scholarship on India, is delighted to welcome the new Indiana University Gateway-India office to its Gurgaon campus," American Institute of Indian Studies President Philip Lutgendorf said.

"Our co-location with AIIS not only provides a beautiful, well-equipped facility but also a direct link to the institute's vast network of resources," said David Zaret, vice president for international affairs. "We couldn't ask for a better setup for building on what is already a robust IU presence in India." 

"We have already developed strong institutional partnerships and academic exchanges in India, particularly through our Kelley School of Business, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Maurer School of Law and School of Optometry," said Lauren Robel, Executive Vice President of Indiana University.

"We have also attracted a large number of international students from India, with nearly 1,000 Indian students currently studying at IU," Robel added. "The physical presence established through the IU Gateway enables us to better serve these students, deepen and expand our institutional partnerships, and create a platform for further research, study abroad and international collaboration." 

Source: Indiana University