Seattle University has formed a strategic partnership with St. Joseph's College in Bangalore, India, as part of its ever-expanding commitment to global education. The two Jesuit institutions signed a memorandum of understanding in the spring during a St. Joseph's delegation visit to Seattle U. The partnership promotes collaboration in research, teaching, and service learning across multiple disciplines.
Like Seattle, Bangalore is a technology hub recognized worldwide. Nearly 40 percent of India's information technology industry is concentrated there, which is considered the Silicon Valley of India.
In recent years, Seattle U and St. Joseph faculty and staff have laid the groundwork for the partnership through teaching exchanges and immersion trips. Student exchanges are expected to begin this academic year.
"We've already established bonds," said Father Richard Rego, SJ, St. Joseph's director of global engagement. "Now we're taking it to the next level. We'd like to see a regular movement of students and faculty involved in joint projects." Father Rego, also a communications and journalism professor, taught at Seattle U last year on a faculty exchange.
Collaboration between Seattle U's College of Science and Engineering and St. Joseph's sciences departments is already underway. Other academic departments, including business, social work and communications, have expressed interest in collaborating and there is potential for reciprocal community service initiatives, according to Seattle U's Russell Powell, JD, PhD, associate provost for global engagement.
The Seattle U-St. Joseph's partnership is based on the highly successful Central America initiative, launched in 2013 in which the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in Managua, Nicaragua, serves as the primary partner. More than 20 educational and service projects are underway as part of that initiative.
(From: Seattle University)