Fred Coolidge, professor in the Department of Psychology, and Anthony Shull, executive director, Office of International Affairs, recently participated in an Institute of International Education-led tour of India and its higher education institutions as part of the 2012-2013 International Academic Partnership Program.
Coolidge and Shull, representing the UCCS IAPP steering committee, joined representatives from Arizona State University, Portland State University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Washington and Jefferson College and IEE staff members in efforts to learn more about the Indian higher education system and explore potential partnership opportunities.
The five institutions were selected because of their commitment to developing long-term, strategic partnerships with counterparts in India with the goals of increasing student and faculty exchange, joint research, dual degree programs, study abroad and other partnership activities.
In addition to touring the various universities to learn about the Indian higher education system, the groups participated in roundtable discussions about obstacles to cooperation and specific discussions about areas of common interest and possible areas of collaboration.
Coolidge, who previously traveled to India as part of three Fulbright Fellowships, was able to provide guidance about Indian customs in addition to broad knowledge about the UCCS faculty and possible areas of collaboration.