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Royal Roads reaffirms relationship with South Asian university during government trade mission

October 14, 2014
Tags: MOU

Victoria – As part of his university’s commitment to expanding its international relationships in key global markets, Royal Roads President and Vice-chancellor Allan Cahoon signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a progressive South Asian university this weekend.

As a delegate in the B.C. government’s current India Trade Mission, Cahoon met with Pro Vice-chancellor Dr. B.S. Sohi of Chandigarh University and reaffirmed the relationship the two institutions began a year ago.

“This signing reinforces our efforts to promote our programs and applied research with an important global educational partner and will result in a positive impact through the work of our graduates and faculty,” said Cahoon. “Our internationalization strategy takes into account the importance of building these strong relationships, not only from an educational perspective, but also for the economic benefit they create locally and the positive cultural exchange they encourage.”

In attendance at the ceremony was B.C.’s Minister of Advanced Education Amrik Virk. “India is a key partner in British Columbia’s International Education Strategy. This trade mission is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness for partnerships, joint research initiatives and student exchange,” said Virk, adding that India is the fastest growing student recruitment market for the province with a 188 per cent increase in the number of students here over three years.

Cahoon says the MOU signed by the two universities builds on last year’s agreement allowing Chandigarh University students to transfer into the third year of Royal Roads’ Bachelor of Business Administration program. Cahoon says the institutions will continue to explore additional block transfers agreements, as well as faculty and student exchange programs, short term academic programs and joint research activities.

Chandigarh University (CU) is Asia’s fastest growing private education institution, offering a broad range of programs from business to engineering.