OU has two faces—one of political unrest and the other of academic excellence, fortunately the second quality gaining an upper hand lately.
Hyderabad: Its terrific image as a political caldron notwithstanding Osmania University is drawing foreign universities in droves. Nearly 35 foreign universities have come forward to enter into an academic contract with OU since the time the T agitation made its way in the campus.
In the past OU has signed MoUs with 18 foreign universities and institutions as a part of its global outreach. Some of the foreign universities included The Kansas State University in the USA, University of West England in UK, Kalmyk State University in Russia, University of Fraser Valley in Canada, Mississippi State University among the others.
“There are various parameters that are looked upon when signing a MoU with foreign universities. Academics, strength of the college, infrastructure, publications and the quality of education is something foreign universities look at. Because OU is one of the best universities, more foreign colleges want to enter into academic ties with us. Since January six foreign universities, from the USA, Germany and Nigeria have come forward to sign MoU with us. We self check our academic competence and only then strike a deal,” said Prof. S. Satyanarayana Vice Chancellor of Osmania University.
Exuding confidence that the integration of academic programs with foreign universities will play an important role in knowledge sharing and better job prospects, Prof Anil Krishna says, “Such tie ups will facilitate better knowledge sharing and also bring in more awareness among Indian Students. There is a huge demand for MS in technology and with tie-ups we are stressing on quality research programs.”
The reason that the signing of MoU has been in the pipeline now is because of technical problems like funding. “Generating funds for student exchange programs as a part of the partnership with foreign universities is one major concern. Once this problem is sorted, we will immediately sign the MoU with various universities that have approached us,” added Prof. Satyanarayana.