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Amrita University team visits MU to discuss academic collaborations

The University of Missouri College of Engineering hosted a delegation from Amrita University in India on June 21 to explore future academic collaborations. Accredited with the highest grade of ‘A’ by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Amrita is a nationally and internationally ranked institution of higher education. Amrita has been ranked the best private university in India by the 2017 National Institutional Rankings Framework (NIRF) conducted by the Government of India, the top-ranked private university in India in terms of International Outlook by Times Higher Education BRICS University Rankings, and the No. 1 Private University in India in terms of International Faculty by QS University Rankings BRICS.

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The University of Missouri College of Engineering hosted a delegation from Amrita University in India on June 21 to explore future academic collaborations. Photo by Amy Parris.

Amrita specializes in areas such as Nanotechnology, Energy, Health Sciences, Molecular and Nano-Medicine, Biotechnology and Life Sciences, Wireless Networks & Applications, Cyber Security, Computer Science & Engineering, Haptics, Management and Entrepreneurship, and Learning Technologies. Amrita also offers a Live-in-Labs program, where US students can use their engineering skills to work on hands-on humanitarian engineering projects.

On June 21, Dean Elizabeth Loboa and a dozen College of Engineering faculty members from the Bioengineering, Civil and Environmental, Mechanical and Aerospace and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science departments met with Amrita’s leaders to discuss student exchanges, academic collaborations, and research collaborations in the areas of Educating Engineering Leaders, Big Data Analytics, Biomedical Innovations and Sustainability inFEWSed (Food, Energy, Water, Smart Cities).

Amrita University plans to host Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Vellore Gopalaratnam as a Fulbright Specialist later this year.  While there, Gopalaratnam plans to offer a 3-credit hour graduate course and organize a three-day workshop for the precast/prestressed industry. The goal of his visit is to build interaction between MU and Amrita University and to facilitate the College’s structural engineering research programs to assist with large infrastructure projects in India.