Three Clayton State University faculty members are currently in Mumbai, India, to promote additional student and faculty exchanges between Clayton State and institutions of the University of Mumbai system, the largest higher education system in India.
John Parkerson, the University’s director of International Programs, along with faculty members Dr. Susan Rashid Horn, assistant professor of English and Dr. Augustine Ayuk, assistant professor of Political Science, are visiting Birla College and Chandibai Himathmal Mansukhani College (CHM), both part of the University of Mumbai system, and organizations with which Clayton State already has partnerships.
Parkerson is discussing study abroad opportunities, joint research projects and faculty exchanges. He will also be visiting two additional colleges in the University of Mumbai system. Rashid Horn and Ayuk will both deliver guest lectures at the two colleges over the next two weeks.
“The purpose of my meetings are to explore how we might expand the already-existing relationships with Birla and CHM, consistent with one of the most important goals of Clayton State’s Office of International Programs – to work with foreign universities towards implementation of study abroad, faculty development, student and faculty exchange, and collaborative research opportunities; and to identify and to cultivate promising new relationships with appropriate foreign universities covering the broad range of international activities where they appear mutually relevant to Clayton State’s and the foreign institutions’ curriculum and student and faculty needs,” says Parkerson.
Currently, Clayton State and the two Indian colleges have annual, two-week faculty exchanges. In March 2010, professors from the two Indian colleges will visit Clayton State as guest lecturers.
“Clayton State is fortunate to have excellent relationships with these two very highly regarded Indian institutions; and I will be discussing with Birla and CHM officials how those existing relationships can be expanded to accommodate greater numbers of faculty who desire to experience the kind of comparative educational development opportunity that teaching abroad fosters, as well as to explore student exchange opportunities and collaborative research projects,” adds Parkerson. “Clayton State and its University of Mumbai partners also want to add reciprocal student educational experiences in Atlanta and Mumbai respectively.”