Special Correspondent

Exchange of students, faculty among areas for cooperation

  • More than 250 engineering students can avail free education in Sweden
  • Blekinge in collaboration with more than 80 institutions in Europe and US

    VISAKHAPATNAM: Andhra University became the first Indian university to sign a MoU with Blekinge Institute of Technology of Sweden. AU Registrar P. Vijaya Prakash and Chief Dean of the Swedish institute Jan Olof-Gustavsson signed the MoU in the presence of Vice-Chancellor L. Venugopal Reddy at AU College of Engineering here on Wednesday. "The MoU will cover the masters students exchange between the two institutions, establishment of joint masters programmes, faculty exchange, research cooperation and exploring the funding from international agencies for research development and joint research projects," Prof. Venugopal Reddy said about the MoU.

    More than 250 engineering graduates from AU could avail free masters education in Sweden in the students exchange or joint masters programmes from 2006 to 2011. Each year 50 students could avail the exchange programme.

    Pat for State

    Prof. Gustavsson described Andhra Pradesh as a "den of technical knowledge of India" and said his institution was looking forward to have a fruitful association with AU and to establish joint research projects.

    Dean of Masters Education of Blekinge Institute Lars Lundberg observed that AP students were a talented lot and hoped that through the exchange of scholars, researchers and students, both institutions would benefit a lot and also contribute to international research.

    Chief of International Office of Blekinge Institute Maria Engel Mark informed her institution was collaborating with more than 80 institutions in Europe, America and Pakistan and entered into a MoU with an Indian institution for the first time.

    Principal of AUCE Allam Appa Rao expressed the confidence that the tie-up between AU and Blekinge Institute would enhance quality of education and research.

    Direct selection

    Project Coordinator and in-charge of Indian affairs at Blekinge Institute Velpula Gurudutt Kumar said the selection of students would be done by the parent university and there was not need for the students to qualify through GRE or TOEFL.

    Advisor-international affairs M. Jagannadha Rao, Deans, Heads of Department and others were present.

    Later, Prof. Appa Rao made a power point presentation on AUCE to explain about the college and its achievements to the team from Swedish institute.