As many as 27 international educational institutes and universities signed inprinciple agreements with Gujarat-based universities and the state government on Monday for a range of tieups from faculty and student exchanges to setting up knowledge centres. The memoranda of understanding (MoUs) were signed during the international roundtable of academic institutions held in Gandhinagar as part of the 5th Vibrant Gujarat global business meeting.
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi has been promoting Vibrant Gujarat 2011 as a knowledgesharing platform rather than an event only intended to attract investment to the state, which has 28 universities. The previous editions of Vibrant Gujarat, held biennially, were more focused on corporate investments.The main Vibrant Gujarat event will be held on 12-13 January.
Among the global institutes that signed MoUs on Monday were 11 US-based universities including University of Oklahoma, Pepperdine University, University of Maryland, University of South Carolina, Texas A&M University, University of Southern California and University of California.