The VIT University, Vellore, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh in Indonesia, with specific focus on developing joint academic programmes, initiating joint research activities and facilitating faculty and student exchange between the two universities.
G. Viswanathan, Chancellor of VIT, and Darni M. Daud, Rector, Syiah Kuala University, signed the MoU at a brief function held on the VIT campus here on Tuesday.
According to a VIT release, Syiah Kuala is a state-owned university established in 1960 with a vision to be an innovative, independent and outstanding university in terms of the development of science, technology, humanities, sports and arts. It has nine faculties/institutions with strength of 1513 members and 21,578 students.
During the MoU signing ceremony, Prof. Daud said that the Syiah Kuala University was happy to partner with VIT University, and that it was in line with the former's vision of internationalisation and working with international partners to develop its academic quality and increase collaborative research.
Mr. Viswanathan said that both the universities would work for mutual benefits, and that the VIT would help the Indonesian university to develop joint programmes. He invited the faculty and students of the Indonesian university to visit the VIT.
V. Raju, vice-chancellor, Sankar Viswanathan, vice-president (administration), Sekar Viswanathan, vice-president (university affairs) and S. Narayanan, pro-vice-chancellor of VIT, were present.