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Professors Strengthen Collaboration with Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University in India

Sixty PDPU students will study at SHU this summer

Professor Andrew Miller, fourth from left, with PDPU faculty and students.

Two professors from Sacred Heart, Rupendra Paliwal and Andrew Miller, traveled to India in January to plan the first joint academic initiative between SHU and Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) this summer.

Sacred Heart University signed a letter of intent last fall with PDPU to develop a relationship for sharing faculty and educational opportunities, including a study-abroad program, for the students of both institutions. The heart of the agreement is “to establish ties of friendship and cooperation for the purpose of promoting mutual understanding and academic, cultural and personnel exchange.”

Paliwal, SHU’s vice president for strategic planning and acting provost, first fostered a relationship with PDPU in 2012 while attending an international conference in New York City. Given the nature of today’s global network, Paliwal said, the partnership presented a way of introducing SHU and PDPU students “to the academic, research, industry and cultural facets of the two universities.” Initial focus of the collaboration is in the academic areas of business administration, finance and mass communication.

As part of this agreement, Paliwal and Miller went to India to offer two-week sessions on finance and communication respectively. They also consulted with PDPU faculty and administrators to strengthen their curriculum and facilities for finance and communication programs. Next, PDPU faculty will visit Sacred Heart with 60 of their students for a four-week summer institute in July. “For the summer program, we think we have a dynamic offering of educational, in-class work that is complemented by great excursions to New York City and Boston,” said Miller. “We are looking forward to continuing this relationship through the summer and beyond.”

Thirty of the PDPU students attending the summer institute will study communications and media in the School of Communication and Media Arts, and 30 will study business in the Welch College of Business. Communications professors Andrew Miller and Sally Ross, along with business faculty Kwamie Dunbar and Sean Heffron, are coordinating the summer institute.

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Rupendra Paliwal, acting provost and vice president for academic affairs, talks with students.