University of Toronto Expands Global Reach with new India Office

TORONTO, Nov. 10, 2011 /CNW/ - The University of Toronto will partner with the University of British Columbia to open an office in New Delhi, India, strengthening its presence in one of the world's most vibrant and innovative nations.

The office will be tasked with developing institutional partnerships with government, industry, and academic institutions.

U of T President David Naylor is making the announcement in New Delhi, India, just weeks after launching the India Innovation Institute - a joint venture of U of T's Munk School of Global Affairs and Rotman School of Management. The institute brings together researchers across the university and around the world who are interested in Indian innovation.

"India is a leading global innovator with many excellent scholars and students.  We are excited to work with UBC in strengthening our shared ties with governments, industry, post-secondary institutions and secondary schools in India," says Naylor.

By 2050, India is expected to be the fifth-largest economy in the world, with average household income matching that of the United States and U.K. Its projected population of two billion will make it the largest country in the world. U of T has a long history of building collaborations with Indian institutions, government, and industry to advance research, scholarships, education and training.

The University of British Columbia is the ideal partner in this venture.  A leading academic and research organization with a decades-long service history in India, UBC is committed to a global reach and vision. "The University of British Columbia is delighted that the University of Toronto is joining us in this important new endeavour.  Working together through the new office, we hope to make great advances for both universities' connections in India," says UBC President Stephen Toope.

President Naylor is in India to deliver a keynote address at the Federation of India Chamber of Commerce & Industry's (FICCI) 7TH Annual Higher Education Summit.

SOURCE University of Toronto

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