The Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) USA, signed a memorandum of understanding for joint academic and research collaborations during a ceremony held at IIT-Kanpur.
The formal agreement, which paves the way for future collaborations in key areas of research between the two institutes, was signed by professor Abhay Karandikar, director, IIT- Kanpur, professor, Dhirendra Katti, dean of International Relations and Dr Cynthia Larive, chancellor, UCSC and Becky George, assistant vice provost of Global Engagement at UCSC.
Calling the MoU a progressive step, Karandikar said, “The MoU marks a significant step in IIT- Kanpur’s relentless efforts to forge joint international collaborations across domains. We are confident that this partnership will create new opportunities for our students and faculty members in the form of symposiums, exchange programs, joint publications, and so on.”
The research collaborations will be undertaken in the areas of Computer Science and Engineering, and Biological Sciences and Bioengineering. The partnership will provide opportunities for both institutes to share their expertise, knowledge, and resources to further research and development in these fields, IIT-Kanpur said in a news release.
Faculty exchange between the two institutes will also occur as part of the agreement, which will help researchers to work collaboratively on important research initiatives, leveraging the strengths of each institution to address complex scientific challenges, the release said.