A delegation from the University of Ottawa in Canada visited Noida-based Amity University to explore the potential areas of collaborations between the two institutions for benefitting students from Canada and India.
Amongst the distinguished dignitaries were Jacques Frémont, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Ottawa and Sanni Yaya, vice-president, International, University of Ottawa.
Speaking about the visit and future collaborations between the two institutions, Frémont said, “It is a matter of great pride and privilege for us that we have visited the prestigious Amity University today to explore the areas of research and academic collaboration. The University of Ottawa is amongst the top 150 universities worldwide and the focus on research and innovation is a common thread between us and Amity University. Through this mutually beneficial collaboration, we will be able to further expand our horizon with the exchange of knowledge and learning between the two universities.”
Highlighting the potential areas of partnership, he added, “International student exchange programme, teacher mobility, tailormade administrative training, exchange of faculty members for teaching and mobility of administrative staff are some of the ways in which we can collaborate.”
Addressing the gathering, Yaya said, “Collaboration is no longer optional. It is highly essential for the growth of an individual, institution and a country. Educational institutions cannot attain excellence on their own and must partner with other institutions of the world for providing their students with global exposure to address the major global challenges. We are certain that this partnership will contribute significantly to the academic and scientific development of the world.”
Speaking about the scope of the collaboration, Gurinder Singh, the group vice-chancellor of Amity Universities, said, “We would like to focus on a few priority areas for this collaboration and are looking at a partnership in the field of Business Management, Psychology, Engineering and Technology. Through our study abroad programmes, we will further strengthen this association and with a strong focus on joint research in areas like Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Cyber Security and Machine Learning, amongst others, we aim to provide immense research opportunities to our students for academic excellence. Also, we will prepare a calendar of activities for the same and delegate responsibilities to our faculty members for each of these focus areas to be implemented successfully.”
During the visit, the dignitaries interacted with the faculty and students of Amity, where the faculty members shared their inputs and suggestions for a strong collaboration. The dignitaries also visited the high-tech laboratories, the Central Library, Amity School of Communication (ASCO) and Amity Innovation Incubator to familiarise themselves with the campus facilities.