Strengthening ties between IITD - Washington University

IIT Delhi became a member of McDonnell international Scholars Academy. The agreement was signed by Director Prof. Ramgopal Rao and Prof. Mark S Wrighton Chancellor Washington State University in St. Louis on 15th December 2017.

The McDonnell International Scholars Academy seeks to strengthen Washington University’s partnerships with people, universities and countries around the world. Its goal is to foster ties with leading research universities of the world, especially by providing special opportunities for talented and well prepared students to join the Washington University community in a graduate or professional school program.

The McDonnell Academy provides tuition and a living stipend at Washington University for specially selected Academy Scholars from University Partners. In addition to pursuing their regular course of study in a graduate or professional school, McDonnell Academy Scholars will participate in a special program designed to provide an on-campus experience that assists them in understanding U.S culture, history, and politics, as well as international issues. Each McDonnell Academy Scholar is assigned a mentor at Washington University to provide advice and assistance. The mentor also served as an Ambassador to the University partner.

University Partners of Washington University’s McDonnell International Scholars Academy are already recognized as centers of excellence in education and research, and, as reflected in partnership with the McDonnell Academy, they have professed the importance of international collaboration. They agree to advertise the activities of the Academy and provide opportunities for the Ambassador and the Academy Scholar to visit at least annually during the time the Scholar is at Washington University. The Ambassador is charged with being proactive in identifying opportunities for scholarly collaboration that involve other faculty and students of Washington University and the University Research Partner, and works collegially with both institutions toward achieving this goal.

Washington University in St. Louis also held the Washington University Forum for India in New Delhi, India on December 15-16, 2017 at The Leela Palace Hotel. The theme for this Forum was on energy, environment, and public health and was framed around the question of How Energy Choices Affect Health, Agriculture, and the Environment. The Forum was designed to showcase top Washington University faculty members and to address global issues in ways that are accessible to a broad audience. Led by the Director, some other faculty members from IIT Delhi also attended this meeting.