Office of the President
Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor
Petter's Perspective: Notes from the President
SFU joins Premier’s India Mission
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.