Mason’s interests in India are extensive and evolving. India is the world’s largest democracy and of enormous importance on the world stage. The Washington Metropolitan area has the nation’s fourth-highest concentration of residents of Indian heritage. Mason seeks both to serve that community and to create and leverage collaborations with South Asian diplomatic and business leaders to the greater good. It is notable that India is already the highest country of origin for Mason’s international students. As Mason expands course offerings and study abroad programs related to India, its students will have improved opportunities to achieve greater depths of knowledge regarding Indian culture, government and business. These opportunities will better position our graduates to interact effectively with India in a global economy. Mason also offers in-bound certificate of participation programs (Global Learning and Understanding Experiences) for the students at our Indian partner universities, thus increasing international profiles and deepening those partnerships. Strategic partnerships also generate research and training opportunities for faculty and staff as well, contributing new avenues for curricular and program development.
George Mason University was chosen by the Institute of International Education (IIE) to participate in the 2012 India Initiative of the International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP). Mason was one of 11 colleges and universities throughout the United States chosen to participate in the program
The program was housed in Mason’s Office of Global and International Strategies, which helps the university attain its strategic goals in international education and expand its reputation as a global university.
“George Mason University is delighted to participate in a project that should enhance interactions with India and South Asia through higher education,” says Mason Provost Peter Stearns.”We greatly value the growing numbers of South Asian students and faculty on our campus and are eager to develop further collaborations. Concurrently, we will be expanding the educational programs concerning India on our own campus.”
Over the past year program staff at each of the eleven institutions participated in a series of training activities arranged by IIE to help them implement and sustain partnerships with institutions in India. The participants formed a campus task force to work on prospective partnerships, conducted an institution-wide inventory or activities pertaining to India, and are in the process of developing a strategic plan focused on partnership.
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April 30, 2013. The Office of Global and International Strategies hosted a special lecture by Her Excellency, Nirupama Rao, India Ambassador to Washington, DC. Ambassador Rao spoke on “India Today – The Aspirations, Expectations and Challenges of the Next Decade” in the Meese Room in Mason Hall. Prior to the lecture she met with President Cabrera and Provost Stearns. A luncheon with the Provost and Advisory Committee followed the lecture.
April 15th, 2012. The Office of Global and International Strategies hosted a special lecture in Mason Hall by Dr. Debra Diamond, Associate Curator for South and Southeast Asian Art from the Sackler Gallery. Dr. Diamond spoke on “Yoga in Mughal Painting: New Thoughts on Transcultural Processes,” which is the theme of a current Sackler exhibit. A reception preceded the presentation.
Mason’s Faculty Advisor for India Programs is Dr. Supriya Baily (email). Dr. Baily, a faculty member in the College of Education and Human Development, is “excited to continue to be involved with the Global Office, especially as it pertains to our engagement with India. Our strategic efforts will focus on engaging with Indian universities through research, teaching and exchanges. India is increasingly an important player on the world stage and it is vital that our students and faculty have greater opportunities to learn, work and partner with peers and colleagues in India and as a result – I am delighted to play a part in facilitating these relationships.”
India at Mason: A Photo Gallery