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Ashoka University signs MOU with Duke University

The agreement aims at building opportunities for students and faculty at both campuses.

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11 January, 2018 | 3 min read

Duke University, USA and Ashoka University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 10th January 2018. Michael Merson, Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Affairs of Duke University and Dr. Vanita Shastri, Dean of Global Education and Strategic Programs at Ashoka University, signed the MoU on behalf of the respective universities. The two universities had been in talks for over a year which culminated in an official agreement towards building opportunities for students and faculty at both campuses.


Ashoka University also signed an MOU with Lehigh University in December 2017.

The broad framework of the two partnerships will focus on student mobility, Global Health programs, Public policy teaching, Faculty Exchange and Research Activities. Like most other international collaborations these two partnerships will open study abroad opportunities for Ashoka students in the summer and for semester long study. Likewise, the opportunity for faculty to teach in various academic programmes will be explored. There is a lot of faculty interest at Duke and Lehigh to come teach at Ashoka.  In addition, joint research projects, co-teaching and graduate studies are all areas for further collaboration.

These latest MOU’s adds two top U.S. universities as partners of Ashoka. With this the number of foreign collaborations goes up to 16 which includes agreements with University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan, the University of California-Berkeley, Wellesley College, Yale University amongst others.

“We are very excited to announce these two new partnerships, as they open many new doors for Ashoka students and faculty. These will also enable students from these campuses come and learn and have a truly global experience studying in India,” said Dr. Vanita Shastri, Dean of Global Education and Strategic programmes at Ashoka University.

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