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Canada’s Ryerson University partners with IIT Bombay

Ryerson University has signed an agreement with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay), laying the groundwork for students and faculty from both institutions to collaborate on research and industry-based projects to foster innovation and entrepreneurship.

President Sheldon Levy, Ryerson University, and Devang Khakhar, Director of IIT-Bombay, signed the memorandum of understanding in Toronto. IIT Bombay also signed agreements with University of Waterloo and University of Toronto.

“India is an important strategic partner country for Ryerson because of its growing reputation in innovation which is a great match for Ryerson, Canada’s comprehensive innovation university,” says Wendy Cukier, Vice President, Research and Innovation. ”Both institutions value innovation and entrepreneurship as the platform on which to build our students and faculty members’ successes.”

Khakhar anticipates that the initial collaborations will focus on technology and design, which he sees as an area of strength in both institutions and an interest shared by India and Canada.

“When you have students coming together from different disciplines and cultures collaborating in a team environment on projects together, you see innovation happening before your eyes,” says IIT Bombay’s Battula Chakravarthy who aims to nurture these shared interests as a Ryerson Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Posted: Dec 4, 2012

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