Maharaja Agrasen University has signed a memorandum of understanding (MAU) with the University of Leicester for capacity building, international academic standards and sharing ideas and experiences.

A delegation from Leicester will also be attending the formal opening of MAU by the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee in Solan on May 25.

Announcing this during a conference organised in Leicester by UK Trade and Investment, Patricia Hewitt, chair of the UK India Business Council, welcomed the partnership. Patricia Hewitt said:

”India is one of the most exciting and fastest growing economies in the world with a population of over a billion- half of whom are under the age of 25. British universities, which are amongst the best in the world, should be partnering with universities in India to share their knowledge and experience and also to learn from the extraordinary innovation that is going on in India.”

Pro-vice chancellor (international) Professor Douglas Tallack believes that this is internationalisation at its best, working with institutions to develop programmes and forge connections that last.

Under the agreement, Leicester will work with MAU initially in engineering and computer science. Students will have the opportunity to complete part of their course in India and part in Leicester subject to satisfactory performance as specified by Leicester and also depending on course options followed at MAU.

Students could also be eligible for study abroad options leading to degrees awarded by MAU and progress onto master’s courses at Leicester, subject to qualification.

Dr N K Garg, chancellor of Maharaja Agrasen University said that university views its international alliances as a core driving philosophy and its partnership with the University of Leicester was its vital element.

Dr Garg added that it’ll help to develop students’ global perspectives as University of Leicester would give them enough exposure and would enable them to get vie at the international level.