- Balakrishna Pisupati, Vice Chancellor ,TDU; Prof. Celestino Obua (Vice Chancellor, Mbarara University, Uganda); Jairam Ramesh, Economist and Member of Parliament
Looking to facilitate collaborative research with international partners, TransDisciplinary University (TDU) signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia and Mbarara University, Uganda on Monday at the university campus in Bengaluru.
The Bengaluru-based University, founded by industry veterans Dr. Sam Pitroda and Darshan Shankar, aims to design and deliver state-of-the-art programmes that impart holistic education, with emphasis on experiential learning and competency-based evaluation. Collaborations with academic institutes from across the globe not only ensure that TDU programmes are cutting-edge and of contemporary relevance, but also that the learning outcomes for students is enhanced.
The event also marked the start of TDU’s academic calendar with the Inaugural Lectures delivered by Shri. Jairam Ramesh (Member of Parliament, India), and Prof. Celestino Obua (Vice Chancellor, Mbarara University, Uganda). This was followed by an interactive session with the distinguished speakers, wherein students and visitors had an exceptional opportunity to foresee the future of higher education and research in India.
Speaking on the significance of the occasion, Dr. Balakrishna Pisupati, Vice Chancellor, TDU, said, “This ceremony is the inauguration of a unique academic calendar packed with innovative courses and technology-enabled learning platforms. The idea is to deliver educational programmes using practical and application-oriented approaches so as to prepare the students to handle challenges on the national as well as international stage. For innovation to happen in higher education, we need to join forces with the best minds in the field. The MoUs with international universities are a vital step in that direction. TDU is ready to nurture the future!”
Addressing the audience at the Inaugural Lectures, Shri. Jairam Ramesh (Member of Parliament, India), said, “Times are changing and our education system needs to adapt to the new realities. Theoretical knowledge has to be complemented by experiential learning. And for this, we need to forge new ties, look beyond the boundaries of geography, to foster a healthy exchange of information and ideas. I congratulate TDU for its commendable efforts in taking Indian education and research to greater heights.”
H.E. Dr. Gemedo Dalle – Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of Ethiopia, further added, “In Ethiopia, we are witnessing the benefits of embracing a student-centric method to education, instead of the traditional teacher-centric classroom approach. This latest collaboration with TDU will help us strengthen our research and educational prowess. India is counted among the top countries in terms of academic brilliance and performance. We look forward to an engaging and exciting association with TDU.”
Shedding light on the need for academic collaborations, Prof. Celestino Obua, Vice Chancellor, Mbarara University, Uganda, said, “Our education policies are trying to inculcate a more responsive system that facilitates critical thinking and pragmatic learning. The challenge is to ensure that our students get the best of global education and research within their own country. I am certain that the MoU with TDU will herald a new age of academic evolution for both countries.”
The TransDisciplinary University (TDU) aims to provide unique, innovative and quality transdisciplinary education, with a focus on the use of modern technology and inventive research programs, that is affordable, scalable and sustainable for lifelong learning, growth, prosperity, health & happiness for all.
TDU is one of its kind in India. Its uniqueness stems from the facts that the content of every programme offers the learner inter, multi and cross-cultural perspectives with an aim to make learning more holistic and enjoyable. The form of delivery emphasizes experiential learning, project work and interaction with mentors who are active researchers and achievers.
TDU aims to provide an atmosphere of free and fair learning opportunities – not based on one’s economic background but intellectual inquisitiveness. The University offers opportunities to students with an interest and passion for learning, rather than examination based ranking systems. TDU offers its programmes using the advanced, responsive and contemporary curriculum, designed by national and international experts imparted through student centric learning tools.
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