A globally connected university

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The Norwegian University of Agder’s presence in India is growing. They have one main goal: to become a globally connected university.

In order to “co-create knowledge”, the university needs close collaborative partners. Representatives from UiA recently visited India to strengthen ties with their partners. Climate change and a more sustainable future are among the central topics of collaboration.

Last Monday in Delhi, researchers from JNU and the University of Agder (UiA) gathered to discuss efforts to combat climate change and promote renewable energy in Delhi. The link between renewables and energy security was discussed.  The geopolitical implications of a shift away from fossil fuels and towards renewables, as well as the EU’s policies to promote a circular economy were also brought up. JNU and UiA has had relations with researchers and student exchange between the universities since 2009. There are currently two JNU PhD students at UiA, and the cooperation between the universities will continue.

UiA has also been visiting Mumbai. They recently signed a new memorandum of understanding with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay). Among UiA’s focus areas is to offer practical experiences to students. Therefore, they plan to offer four internships in Norwegian companies in Mumbai to UiA students. The students will take courses at the Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay, in parallel with the internships.

The promising new agreement between UiA and Mumbai, along with the continued collaboration with other Indians institutions like JNU, are central in the Norwegian university’s strategy of developing a global mindset. The further collaboration between UiA and their Indian partners will bring Norway and India closer.