PSU chosen to expand academic ties with universities in India
Author: University Communications
Posted: August 15, 2012

The Institute of International Education (IIE) has selected Portland State University as one of five American universities for a program aiming to help develop and sustain academic partnerships in India.

Over the next year, international educators at PSU will participate in a series of training activities arranged by IIE to create a strategy to deepen PSU’s research, academic exchanges and undergraduate recruiting in India. The program includes a study tour to India in early 2013 to learn about the Indian higher education system and meet with potential partner campuses.

“This program represents a significant expansion of PSU’s relationship with India,” said Patricia Wetzel, PSU’s interim vice provost for International Affairs. “We have at least a dozen faculty members with expertise on India and more than 150 Indian students on campus. This opportunity inspired us to set an agenda to expand our relationships at an institutional level with India.”

The other four U.S. campuses in the 2013 India initiative of the International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) are: Arizona State University, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Washington & Jefferson College. This is the third group of campuses to take part in the program focused on India.

Each institution has made a commitment to form a campus-wide task force to work on prospective partnerships, conduct an institution-wide inventory of activities pertaining to India and develop a strategic plan focused on partnering with Indian institutions. Partnership activities may include joint programs, student exchanges or faculty linkages for collaborative research and teaching. 

“Higher education is an important area of the strategic partnership between the United States and India because of its impact on fostering collaboration on critical issues that we face today,” said IIE President Allan E. Goodman. “This new phase of the International Academic Partnership Program and the strong group of campuses will strengthen the educational ties between our two nations and pave the way for students and scholars from both countries to gain important international perspective.”

The initiative is not limited to the PSU campus; regional industry with investments in India could also be involved in PSU’s strategy, Wetzel said. The expansion strategy will showcase the Portland region’s leadership in clean transportation systems, energy and water resource management, green architecture, urban planning and effective social services delivery.

IIE’s Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education developed the IAPP program in 2009 with an initial two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). The goal of this FIPSE grant was to help jumpstart an academic partnership program in higher education between the U.S. and other countries that would grow into a self-sustaining program. Now in its fourth year, the partnership program continues to thrive, using a fee-based model.

For more information on all previous IAPP programs, including participating institutions, see