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Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor

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SFU joins Premier’s India Mission

October 14, 2014

This week, I and others from SFU have the privilege of accompanying Premier Christy Clark and Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk on their trade mission to India.

The mission includes representatives of BC’s post-secondary institutions, and will travel to Chandigarh, Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai to meet with key academic, industry and government stakeholders.

It’s an opportunity for SFU to build on our growing engagements with India so as to strengthen our education and research relationships.

One anticipated outcome of the mission will be the establishment, in collaboration with the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, of an SFU Indian visiting scholar program. In addition to bringing leading academics to our campuses from India, this five-year program will promote educational partnerships, encourage joint research and foster cultural understanding between SFU and universities in India.

A further highlight of the trip will be the signing of a research exchange agreement in areas of Fuel Cell, Clean Energy Technology and Advanced Materials with the state-owned Indian Oil Corporation.

The SFU delegation will meet with the Bombay Stock Exchange Institute (BSEI) to confirm details of the BSEI­-Ryerson-­SFU Accelerator Program India, a ground-breaking international tech business incubator and accelerator program that was first announced last January.  In addition, we’ll take the opportunity to explore other areas of possible collaboration with BSEI.

I’ll also be speaking on “Innovation in Research and Learning” at an education round table in Bangalore hosted by Minister Virk.

Through these efforts, we hope to enhance the many ways in which SFU is engaging India.   

Members of the India delegation (left to right): UBC President Arvind Gupta, Premier Christy Clark, Langara College President Lane Trotter, Minister of Advanced Education Amrik Virk, me, College of New Caledonia President Henry Reiser
Signing of an MoU between SFU and Indian Oil Corporation: with B.P. Das, Executive Director (R&D) at Indian Oil Corp, Premier Clark, Minister Amrik Virk and Deputy Minister of Advanced Education, Sandra Caroll.
Signing of the SFU Indian Visiting Scholars Program: with India Council for Cultural Relations Director General Satish Mehta and Minister Virk
Formalizing partnership between Simon Fraser University, Ryerson University and the Bombay Stock Exchange Institute (left to right): me, Premier Clark, Managing Director/CEO of the BSEI Ambarish Datta, Minister Virk, Chief Regulatory Officer of the BSEI Nehal Vora, and President/Managing Director of Ryerson Futures Inc. Matt Saunders