YSU forms partnership with university in India


YOUNGSTOWN — Faculty at Youngstown State University and Aligarh Muslim University in India will form partnerships on research projects under an agreement signed by the two institutions.

The memorandum of understanding signed by YSU President David C. Sweet and P.K. Abdul Azis, AMU vice chancellor, is YSU’s first such agreement with a university in India.

“Faculty and deans are enthusiastic,” said Annette El-Hayek, YSU’s coordinator of international programs. “Dr. Azis and his university are looking to expand their horizons with the top universities in the U.S.”

Azis, who essentially acts as the president of AMU, visited YSU in August and signed the agreement. Shakir Husain, professor of civil/environmental and chemical engineering at YSU, is a graduate of AMU and helped coordinate Azis’ visit to YSU, said Jef Davis, director of the YSU Center for International Studies and Programs.

“This is the first real step for both universities,” Davis said. “We plan to look into cooperative research before expanding to faculty exchange, joint programs and eventually student exchange.”

AMU, founded in 1875 and located in Aligarh in northern India, enrolls nearly 30,000 students and employs more than 2,000 faculty members. AMU also has agreements with the University of Wisconsin, George Washington University, Georgia State University and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

YSU’s agreement with AMU is part of the university’s Academic Strategic Plan, which calls for promoting the internationalization of the YSU student experience through curricular revision and study-abroad experiences and increasing international student enrollment on campus.

This is YSU’s fourth international agreement since 2006. Other institutions signing agreements with the university include Lunghwa University of Science and Technology in Taiwan, Yeditepe University in Turkey and Beijing Technical Business University in China.

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