Canadians are going to hear a lot about India in the coming months.
That’s partly because 2011 has been designated the Year of India in Canada, and we’re going to be exposed to Indian culture like never before through performances, exhibitions, film festivals, food festivals and other events and activities.
We’re also going to be hearing a lot about India as a new economic partner, and the tremendous potential for mutually beneficial partnerships between our two countries.
It is in that context that the largest delegation of Canadian university presidents ever to travel abroad undertakes a seven-day mission in India this November. The visit is organized by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and includes 15 presidents from universities across Canada.
The goal of the mission is to find new ways for Canadian and Indian universities to work together, while at the same time creating awareness of Canada’s ‘brand’ in India.
Last June, as part of the G20 summit held in Canada, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in higher education. This framework is meant to facilitate academic exchanges, partnerships and mobility between higher educational institutions in the two countries.
The following 15 presidents of Canadian universities across Canada are currently visitng India:
University of British Columbia, Prof. Stephen J. Toope; Dalhousie University, Dr. Tom Traves; University of Manitoba, Dr. David T. Barnard; University of New Brunswick, Dr. Eddy Campbell; OCAD University, Dr. Sara Diamond; University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Dr. Ronald Bordessa; Queen’s University, Dr. Daniel Woolf; University of Regina, Dr. Vianne Timmons; Royal Roads University, Dr. Allan Cahoon; Saint Mary’s University, Dr. J. Colin Dodds; University of Saskatchewan, Prof. Peter MacKinnon; Thompson Rivers University, Dr. Alan Shaver; Vancouver Island University, Dr. Ralph Nilson; Wilfrid Laurier University, Dr. Max Blouw; University of Windsor, Dr. A. Wildeman.