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Trivedi and Allan Representing UMass for Discussion on Expanding US-India Educational Partnerships

UMass Amherst is one of 17 U.S. colleges and universities whose representatives have been selected to visit India to discuss exploring and expanding bilateral partnerships between the two countries at the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Leadership Delegation from Feb. 25-March 2.

Trivedi and Allan

Representing UMass at the event, which features more than 100 higher education leaders and senior officials from the U.S. and India, are Vice Provost for Global Affairs and International Programs Office Director Kalpen Trivedi and James Allan, associate dean of research and engagement for the Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences. 

Thirty-one provosts, vice provosts, deans and other leaders from U.S. higher education institutions were expected to attend the seven-day, three-city visit to India. The event is part of the Center for International Partnership’s 2023-24 IIE Country Spotlight Series: India, which aims to support broader bi-national efforts to increase U.S.-India collaboration and student/scholar mobility in higher education. Discussions will focus on the intersection of higher education, business and government, offering participants an exploration of India’s rapidly evolving higher education landscape and collaboration opportunities. In addition, the delegation provides a face-to-face forum for U.S. and Indian leaders to interact, create meaningful relationships and consolidate strategies.

More than 40% of India’s 1.4 billion population is under the age of 25, and demand for education exceeds in-country supply. Newly released data show record-high Indian student and scholar enrollment on U.S. campuses. More than 265,000 Indian students came to the United States to pursue higher education in the 2022–23 academic year, an all-time high for the world’s fifth-largest economy and now the most populous country. With more than 16,000 Indian scholars in the U.S. in 2022–23, the country is second only to China.

For more information, visit the IIE website.