UC Inks MOU with Indian University

Contributions by Bandol Lim

UC and India's Kalinga Institute of Industrial 

Technology agreed to support each other in 

an educational partnership, joining together 

two young but thriving universitites. 

Two young universities on the cutting edge of education in their given societies united in ceremony that will pave the way for future collaboration and partnerships.

On May 11, 2009, UC President Dr. Kao Kim Hourn signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder and Chancellor of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology in India, to address commonly shared objectives in advancing educational excellence development.

According to H.E. Rajesh Sachdeva, India’s Ambassador to Cambodia, who spoke at the ceremony, both universities possess reputations beyond their age, with strong visions and common goals. They each have a vested interest in providing education to disadvantaged students, as is demonstrated through UC’s scholarship program, which offers 600 scholarships to financially disadvantaged 

students yearly, and KIIT’s various scholarship programs and on-campus amenities.

“I’m really happy the two young presidents and chancellors and two young universities are going to join hands,” he said.

According to Dr. Kao, because UC is the tender age of 5 years old, it will be able to learn a lot from KIIT in terms of curriculum and faculty development, teaching methods, student services and fund raising.

KIIT made its humble beginnings in 1992 with only 12 students, but in a short time, grew to be one of India’s most prominent educational institutions. Nationally accredited and approved by the Statutory  Bodies of Government of India, it has 40 academic programs and campuses complete with a library, residence halls and widely available Wi-Fi. On record as being the youngest deemed university and having the youngest chancellor and largest tribal institute in Asia, it is also, according to a recent survey by the Times of India, is ranked as 5th among the nation's private universities and 16th in all of India. 

"The partnership will help strengthen the position of UC as well as allow UC's students and faculty members to visit and learn from KIIT's staff and faculty members," Dr. Kao said. "UC and KIIT can support each other in various ways."

Excited for the partnership, and especially for UC’s student support of the MOU at the signing ceremony, Dr. Samanta said he looks forward to the lifelong relationship between the two universities.

“I used to tell my students, I was once a student and I will die in the midst of students,” he said.

KIIT and UC will begin working together in the coming months and years in a sort of sibling relationship - based less on formalities and more on mutual interests and agreements.

"Our interests are to work closely with KIIT and to support each other during times of need," Dr. Kao said.