BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo has established a
comprehensive exchange program with Banaras Hindu University, one
of India's leading comprehensive universities.
UB President John B. Simpson hosted a formal signing ceremony
and luncheon on Aug. 8. Signing the new agreement with UB on behalf
of Banaras Hindu University was Professor Panjab Singh, vice
chancellor (president) of Banaras Hindu University, who was making
a two-day visit to UB.
"The UB community is delighted to celebrate the establishment of
a formal exchange program with Banaras Hindu University, a
partnership that will enhance our university's ongoing
internationalization and provide an outstanding partner in a
critically important region of India," Simpson said at the
"India's importance on the world stage -- both as an economic
and as a strategic power -- is growing very rapidly, and its global
influence will only continue to increase in the years ahead," he
Simpson noted that UB is increasingly active in India, and
recently launched a dual master's degree program with Amrita
University in Bangalore. Moreover, India sends more international
students to UB than any other country. Some 1,000 Indian nationals
currently are enrolled at UB and contribute in many ways to the
"I welcome this partnership between our two institutions, as it
will be mutually beneficial in terms of joint research, education
and other collaborative activities," said Singh. "We look forward
to promoting and supporting our exchange program and to receiving
visiting faculty and students from UB."
Like UB, BHU is a large comprehensive research university, with
more than 20,000 students in 14 faculties and 124 departments. The
largest residential university in Asia, BHU has more than 12,000
students living on its campus.
BHU is located in Varanasi (Banaras), the most revered cultural
and religious center in India, a city whose origins date back many
thousands of years, a holy pilgrimage site for millions of Hindus
and members of other faiths.
It is anticipated that BHU and UB will exchange both faculty and
students, and develop joint research activities in a number of
fields of mutual interest. UB expects to develop a study abroad
program at BHU, which has many outstanding programs and will be
particularly attractive to UB students interested in studying
Indian languages, history, culture and religion.
"We are delighted to formalize our relationship with Banaras
Hindu University, a truly world-class institution," noted Stephen
C. Dunnett, UB vice provost for international education. "We look
forward to working with Vice Chancellor Singh and his colleagues to
develop a range of collaborative activities of mutual benefit to
During his visit, Singh toured UB's three campuses and met with
senior administrators and faculty about potential cooperative
activities between UB and BHU in a variety of areas.
In addition, he had the opportunity to meet with a number of BHU
alumni who are affiliated with UB, including Satish K. Tripathi,
provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, who
earned baccalaureate and master's degrees at BHU and who invited
Singh to visit UB.
The affiliation with BHU grew out of initial contacts made by
Tripathi and Dunnett during their visit to the BHU campus in
January 2006. Following this visit, a formal invitation was
extended to Singh to visit UB.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive
public university, the largest and most comprehensive campus in the
State University of New York. UB's more than 27,000 students pursue
their academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate,
graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the
University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American