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Western Universities Expand India Presence

It’s currently illegal for Western universities to establish their own campuses on Indian soil, but this doesn’t mean that these schools aren’t finding ways to reach Indian students.

In an innovative educational practice dubbed “twinning,” Western and Indian universities are teaming up to give Indian students new course offerings at an affordable price:

Twinning, where participants complete part of their studies in their own country and the rest abroad, is not widely known in India. But local partners of foreign institutions — usually from Britain, the United States and Canada — say Indian students and their families are starting to appreciate the benefits of this option, which includes lower costs than a full overseas degree and a readymade peer group.

At Ecube Global College in Mumbai, which has offered entry to undergraduate engineering and computer science programs at Newcastle University in Britain since 2010, the adjustment process begins with the way academic sessions are structured. During the first year in Mumbai, classes do not exceed 10 students and professors are trained by Newcastle University. The following year, students can enter their second year at Newcastle.

This will be a boon for not just Indian students but for the U.S. as well. These students, India’s future policymakers and business and political leaders, will acquire lasting impressions from their encounters with the West. As American foreign policy shifts toward Asia in the coming decades, U.S. policymakers will find they have significant common ground with their Indian counterparts.

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