18th March 2009, 12:15pm
Lincoln establishes ties with one of world’s largest universities
Lincoln establishes ties with one of world’s largest universities The University of Lincoln has forged links with one of the world’s largest universities which will see staff and student exchanges between India and England.

Professor V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), based in New Delhi, India, was the special guest at the University of Lincoln’s Brayford campus on Tuesday 17 March.

During his visit, Professor Pillai signed an Agreement of Collaboration with Lincoln’s Vice Chancellor, Professor David Chiddick.

The agreement will see cooperation between the two universities on staff and student exchanges and research.

The University of Lincoln will also offer IGNOU graduates the chance to win scholarships on postgraduate programmes.

IGNOU has around two million students and its enrolment numbers are rising steadily. It has 2,500 study centres and 60 regional campuses around India.

Like the University of Lincoln, its specialisms include computing, humanities, journalism, media studies and performing arts.

The initial collaboration will centre on Lincoln’s Faculty of Media, Humanities and Technology, where these disciplines are based.

Professor John Simons, Dean of the Faculty of Media, Humanities and Technology at the University of Lincoln, said: “What we are signing is likely to become a very important agreement for both universities. There will be cooperation in research, staff and student exchanges and we will offer their graduates scholarships on our taught postgraduate and research degrees.”

Professor Pillai said: “We are looking forward to collaborating with the University of Lincoln in a number of areas, particularly in humanities, performing arts and media. Our university is one of the largest in the world and has faculties in all these disciplines. We hope this collaboration will create opportunities for student exchange, faculty capacity building and joint publications.”
            
Professor David Chiddick, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln, said: “Partnerships of this quality between universities across the world are important, not only in the advancement of knowledge but also to enhance international understanding and co-operation.”
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