Symbiosis International University (SIU) is planning to start an institute of liberal arts in 2011-12 at its Lavasa campus in Mulshi taluka. The institute also plans a joint programme with an US community college through which US students will come to SIU for a semester or two.
We plan to prepare a course schedule matching with the US academic calendar for the benefit of international students, said Vidya Yerawadekar principal director of SIU. The plan of the institute was unveiled during the visit of a delegation of representatives of 13 US institutions to SIUs Lavale Knowledge Village on Tuesday.
Chancellor of SIU S B Mujumdar welcomed the delegation.
The delegation was led by led by under secretary of education Martha Canter and president of institute of international education (IIE) Allan Goodman. Elizabeth Thornhill,deputy counselor for public affairs,Embassy of the United States of America convened the visit.
Yerawadekar said Symbiosis has 60-acre land in Lavasa where the institute of liberal arts would come up. There will be a four-year programme and one semester will be conducted abroad. On the other hand we also except American and other foreign students to come to the campus for course for which we intend to tie-up with an US institute, she said.
Bryn Mawr,a community college in Philadelphia has shown interest in collaborating for the project. Jane McAuliffe,president of the college who had come with the delegation showed a lot of interest in the project, said Aashima Agashe officer-in-charge of international office of SIU.
We will also be interacting with some other community colleges in the US. Presently,we are in a stage of preparing syllabus and other groundwork, she said.
Goodman said the US government was looking for such academic collaborations to increase the number of US students coming to India. Presently,around 1 lakh Indian students go to US for higher education. However,only around 3000 American students have been studying in India and we surely want this number to be increased, said Goodman.
Representatives of universities such as Case Western Reserve,Chatham,City University of Seattle,Lehigh,Louisiana Community and Technical College System,Miami Dade College,Michigan State University,Rochester Institute of Technology,Rollins College,University of Kentucky and Washburn University were present in the delegation.