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Drexel Delegation Visits Two Leading Indian Institutions


February 25, 2017

Dr. Julie Mostov, Senior Vice Provost of Global Initiatives led a delegation to India in February 2017 to strengthen Drexel’s connections and collaborations with two partner universities there.

The Drexel Delegation also included Harris Steinberg, the director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, Dr. Scott Knowles, the head of the history department, and two other history professors, Drs. Amy Slaton and Debjani Bhattacharyya.

Drexel has partnerships with two major institutes in India, Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi (IIT-Delhi) and Indian Institute of Technology in Madras (IIT-M), both well-known research facilities in India. The partnership with IIT Delhi began in 2013 with a Singh-Obama grant, led by Dr. Patrick Gurian (CAEE) for Drexel and Dr. Arun Kumar (IIT-D). The IIT-M partnership began in 2016 with Dr. Sriram Balasubramanian (Biomed) and our first ISTAR student research interns. Both partnershipshave continued to grow ever since.

“What is important is that while these schools are top schools in science and technology, they are also extremely well-known for their social science and humanities faculty,” Dr. Mostov said. On this particular trip, the Drexel delegation focused on expanding collaboration in the areas of urban history policyand strategies for addressing urban challenges.

They also discussed ways in which to work together on  interdisciplinary research and educational projects pushing the boundaries of urban planning, innovation, and resilience, including the new Masters in Urban Strategies being launched by the Lindy Institute in Fall of 2017 at Drexel

During their stay in India, the delegation also visited the Center for Policy Research, which is part of the French government sponsored Center for Science and Humanity, and St. Stephen’s College. At each stop, professor Knowles invited Indian colleagues to consider coming to Drexel’s upcoming Anthropocene Conference in September 2017, highlighting themes of sustainability, resilience, and human interactions with the built and natural environment. We all agreed that this would be a great opportunity for collaboration and that there were many areas of synergy among our institutions.

Members of the delegation also enjoyed meeting with Drexel alumni and agreed that one of the high points of the visit was dinner at the home of one alumnus, who  invited the whole Drexel delegation to have dinner with his family...

 “The food was great! ...It was especially nice to visit his home and meet his family. We brought him up to date on what has happened at Drexel since he completed his MBA in 2001,” Dr. Mostov said. “He didn’t know about the new LeBow Building. I told him that he had to come visit because everything has changed so much in recent years.”

The Office of International Programs looks forward to continuing to build our relationships and collaborations with both IIT Delhi and IIT Madras.