Rollins enters partnership with university in India

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Rollins College and O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) of Sonipat, Haryana, India signed a Memorandum of Understanding Monday to collaborate on promoting liberal arts and humanities education.

A delegation from the O.P. Jindal Global University visited Rollins College this week to meet with administrators and faculty regarding curriculum development for this collaborative degree program.

“We believe we are on the threshold of making history with this landmark partnership between two institutions of higher learning whose academic collaboration stretches halfway around the globe,” said Rollins College president Lewis Duncan. “We are especially enthusiastic about our shared commitment to the liberal arts and humanities as the foundation for educating our students for meaningful lives and productive careers.”

“The study of liberal arts and humanities is critical for strengthening democracy, understanding the history, polity and society, while promoting a pluralistic vision for India, USA and the world,” said O.P. Jindal Global University Vice Chancellor C. Raj Kumar. “The collaboration with one of the leading liberal arts colleges of USA, Rollins College, augurs well for fulfilling the needs and aspirations of the young India and also equips our students to collaborate with individuals and institutions globally.”

The Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities offers a multi-disciplinary education that mixes the classical and the contemporary within a global framework. The first of its kind in India, the B.A. (Hons.) degree will solidify Jindal’s liberal arts and humanities program through an extended period of study at Rollins.

About Jindal Global University

O. P. Jindal Global University (JGU) was established through a philanthropic initiative of Mr. Naveen Jindal, its founding Chancellor, as a multi-disciplinary global university and includes five schools: Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) in 2009; Jindal Global Business School (JGBS) in 2010; Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA) in 2011; Jindal School of Government and Public Policy in 2012; and the Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities (JSLH) in 2013. The vision of JSLH is to promote interdisciplinary liberal arts and humanities education in India that combines teaching through both innovative pedagogy and experiential learning, while emphasizing the need for imparting skills and critical thinking through creative learning. JGU is a research-oriented university and maintains a 1:15 faculty-student ratio with a number of research centers across the different schools of the university. The faculty members working in the centers are engaged in pursuing research and scholarship leading to publications. For more information on O.P. Jindal Global University, please contact Professor C. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor at VC@jgu.edu.in or visit www.jgu.edu.in

About Rollins College

Founded in 1885, Rollins College is Florida’s oldest recognized college. Located in Winter Park, near Orlando, Rollins is consistently ranked as the number one regional university in the South by U.S. News & World Report. In addition to full-time undergraduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Professional Studies, Rollins offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs for working adults through its evening program at the Hamilton Holt School and graduate business degree programs through its Crummer Graduate School of Business, which has been ranked a top MBA program by Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek. Rollins serves approximately 3,300 degree-seeking students annually. For more information, visit www.rollins.edu.