VIT signs Pact with West Virginia University

The VIT University, Vellore has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enter into academic cooperation with the West Virginia University (WVU), U.S.A. though exchange of faculty and students, conduct of joint seminars and conferences, exchange of scholarly publications and the initiation of joint research activities.

According to a VIT release, VIT Chancellor G. Viswanathan, and James P. Clements, president, WVU signed the memorandum during the visit of the former to the WVU recently.

Founded in 1867, WVU is a public institution with more than 35,000 students spread across 13 colleges and schools in the State of West Virginia.

It offers 193 bachelors’, masters’, doctoral and professional degree programmes in arts, sciences, engineering, education, law, agriculture, medicine and physical education among others.

With an annual research funding of $152 million in sponsored contracts and grants, the Carnegie Foundation has classified WVU as University of High Research Activity for the Advancement of Teaching.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Clements said that WVU is proud to be a partner university because it shared Mr. Viswanathan’s belief in international education.

According to Michael Lastinger, Associate Provost for International Programmes of WVU, this is WVU’s first partnership with an Indian institution.

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