The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) has confirmed the selection of Jackson State University assistant dean of the Division of International Studies Patricia Jernigan to participate in the Fulbright Nehru International Education Administrators Seminar in India from March 19, 2011, to April 3, 2011. The program includes major expense paid visits to Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai.
Jernigan, one of 15 participants chosen throughout the country, will have an opportunity to visit institutions and learn about policies that play a key role in the planning and administration of higher education in India.
“We also want to broaden our ties in India,” said Jernigan, who received the same award in 2002 for a trip to Germany. “I’m hoping to get some additional Memorandum of Understandings with universities there so that we can invite more students to come and study at JSU.”
The seminar is designed to provide first-hand knowledge of the higher education sector in India to U.S. higher education administrators and enable them to make better informed decisions about potential academic and institutional collaborations in India.
The seminar also will explore key issues of expansion, access and excellence that inform the debates on higher education reforms in India today. The trip itinerary includes visits to several different kinds of education institutions, such as central universities, affiliated colleges and non-governmental organizations, as well as meetings and interactions with higher education administrators, teachers, students and policy planners.