University of Delhi joins U21

16 November 2007
Delhi University becomes Universitas 21’s 22nd member and first Indian member, extending U21's global reach and broadening its research and exchange opportunities.

Universitas 21 (U21), the network for international higher education, is delighted to announce that Delhi University will be joining the network on 19 November.

Universitas 21, which will now have an even greater geographic spread over 13 countries, will benefit greatly from the inclusion of this important university, and the opportunities that this partnership will create both for Delhi University and the other members of the network are eagerly anticipated.

Delhi University is one of the oldest and largest universities in India, with around 300,000 students enrolled on courses. It is the first university from the Indian subcontinent to become a member of U21 and the perspective which working with researchers and students from this thriving academic community will bring is one which many colleagues around the network are looking forward to. “This will give rise to opportunities to extend our research collaborations, open new possibilities for student exchange and give us all an alternative view on activities around the network. This is great news for the University of Birmingham and all members of U21.” commented Professor Michael Clarke, Vice-Principal of the University of Birmingham.

The formal signing ceremony and welcome to the network takes place on Monday 19 November 2007 and Professor John T Casteen III, President of the University of Virginia and Chair of the U21 network will be travelling out to Delhi to take part, along with U21’s Secretary General, Jane Usherwood. Speaking on the eve of the signing, Professor Casteen commented “I am delighted that Delhi University is joining Universitas 21 and feel that it is an important event in the development of the network. We look forward very much to working with our new colleagues in the years to come.” This was reiterated by Professor Deepak Pental, Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University: “I am delighted that the University of Delhi formally joins the Universitas 21 network, and makes an institutional leap in its continuing commitment to internationalization. I am aware that it is the first Indian University to join this internationally respected consortium that has been a leader in promoting research-intensive links among select universities in North America, Asia, Europe and Australia. We at Delhi University regard this partnership as a crucial step in our pursuance of successful collaborations with fraternal institutions in different parts of the world. ”