Odisha-based KIIT inks pact with eight universities aboard

Bhubaneswar, July 20 : Bhubaneswar-based Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) University Saturday announced that it had entered into agreements of mutual cooperation with six Korean and two African universities.

"The pacts were signed during the World Education Leaders' Forum held in Busan, South Korea recently," a senior university official told IANS.

KIIT signed the pact with Jungwon University, Hanbuk National University, Kyungpook National University, Chosun University, Dong-A University and Dong Uie University in Korea, and Kenyatta University and Open University of Tanzania in Africa, he said.

According to the provisions of the agreement, students of KIIT would get an opportunity to visit the partner universities in Korea and Africa.

Travelling expenses would be partially borne by KIIT, while lodging and boarding would be taken care of by the host universities.

The secretary-general of the forum Lee Hakchun expressed his desire to establish a Korean Education Centre at KIIT University, he said. He also showed his interest in 2+2 system between KIIT University and the Korean universities, besides opening a cyber university for long-distance learning.

Emmanuel Dolo, National Youth Policy Advisor to the president of Liberia expressed his desire to send students to KIIT.

Tolly Mbwette, vice chancellor, Open University of Tanzania would be visiting KIIT in September this year to strengthen ties between the two universities.

Similarly, Young Woo Jin, chief executive officer of UNHWA Corporation, a South Korean research-oriented company, showed keenness in recruiting students from the School of Biotechnology, KIIT, the spokesperson said.

Founded by leading social entrepreneur Achyuta Samanta, KIIT is a group of professional institutes - KIIT University and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences - that provide free education and vocational training to more than 20,000 tribal students.

--IANS (Posted on 20-07-2013)

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