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SummaryAshoka University and University of Michigan aim to help Indian students develop critical thinking skills

Aiming to offer global quality four-year UG programmes, Ashoka University and the University of Michigan recently signed an MoU, with a vision to provide Indian students Ivy League-quality education. It was signed by Mary Sue Coleman, president, University of Michigan, and Pramath Raj Sinha, founder & trustee, Ashoka University.

The collaboration brings together the University of Michigan, one of the oldest public research universities in the US, and Ashoka University, which aspires to provide a world-class academic experience in India. This MoU seeks to promote cooperation in curricular and faculty development in order to create an Indian university with a focus on liberal education that is at par with global standards.

Sinha of Ashoka University says, “Strategic partnerships with well-established institutions help in supporting a new institution like ours through its challenges of establishment and growth. They also help ensure quality and assist us in bringing practices and processes that a great university must have. They enable faculty and student exchange in teaching and research.”

Over the years, the University of Michigan has been working towards establishing strong relationships with India and partner in its growth. Now, with this tie-up, they aim to help Indian students develop habits of thought and critical thinking skills.

“Our agreement with Ashoka University will allow students from India to come to the University of Michigan to take classes from our extensive offerings. As one of the largest liberal arts colleges in the world, this will help Indian students develop habits of thought and critical thinking skills,” says James Paul Holloway, professor, vice-provost for Global and Engaged Education, University of Michigan.

Following this tie-up, now Sinha wants to get a senior faculty member from Michigan to their Academic Council to join the 13 members already on the council. “We are also looking into several Michigan faculty teaching on our Young India Fellowship programme next year,” says Sinha.

Ashoka University is launching a four-year BA programme in August next year and their Young India Fellowship Programme will move to Ashoka University as well to become their first post-graduate programme.

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