From Portland to Bengaluru
Portland State University President Wim Wiewel visited many Indian universities in March 2017 to explore possibilities for forging educational ties.
Purdue University is not the only U.S. university working hard to increase opportunities for Indian students. Case in point, Portland State University’s (PSU) recent outreach trip to India, and the institution’s expanding efforts to forge educational ties from halfway around the world.
In March 2017, PSU President Wim Wiewel visited Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, the University of Delhi, Bangalore University, the University of Hyderabad and Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad to explore possibilities for collaboration and meet students. He describes PSU’s relationship with India as a young, but strong and expanding one.
“Indians have recently become the second largest group of international students at Portland State University,” says Wiewel. “It’s largely Indian students coming to get master’s degrees in our electrical and computer engineering programs. A big reason is that Intel has a very large facility here.”
“They’re the largest private employer in Oregon, and we are the largest provider of labor force to them of any university,” he continues. “We’ve been very successful in getting our Indian students into internships at Intel.”
Wiewel hopes to build on PSU’s popularity among tech-minded Indian students and explore scope for joint research activities, possibly including Intel in India. But that’s just the beginning.
“We want to expand to other directions as well,” says Wiewel. “I want to use our increasing visibility in India to engage more students in areas like business, as well as health administration, social work, public health and even specialized areas like speech therapy.”
“There are huge needs for this sort of expertise in India,” he says, “and when it comes to education and training, I think institutions like ours in the United States have a lot to offer.”
Michael Gallant is the founder and chief executive officer of Gallant Music. He lives in New York City.