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Indian students get a little taste of Sudbury

Laurentian University is hosting more than 100 students from Gujarat Technological University in Ahmedabad, India, for summer session courses.
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Laurentian University is hosting more than 100 students from Gujarat Technological University in Ahmedabad, India, for summer session courses.

The students arrived in several groups last week, and started their six-week programs in computer science and in biochemistry June 18.

Their visit marks Laurentian’s first International Global Experience Program in collaboration with Gujarat Technological University, a post-secondary institution specializing in degree and diploma programs in engineering, pharmacy, management and computer applications.

Ahmedabad is the administrative centre of the northwestern state of Gujarat and is one of the fastest growing cities in India.

“We are excited about the benefits of this collaboration, both for the students from Gujarat and for Laurentian,” Vasu Appanna, dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Laurentian University, said in a press release.

“The students will earn recognized credits in their programs of study, while getting a Canadian immersion experience. At the same time, Laurentian is building relationships that can open doors for graduate studies and faculty exchanges down the road.”

Tours and activities in Sudbury, including various summer festivals, as well as field trips to Ottawa and Niagara Falls, are scheduled over the course of the six-weeks, to showcase the Canadian landscape and culture.

The Gujarat students will be housed at Laurentian’s University College residence throughout their stay.

“We’ve been talking with our colleagues at Gujarat Technological University for months to finalize the details of this unique learning experience,” Kalpdrum Passi, co-ordinator of the Global Experience Program and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Laurentian, said in the press release.

“We’re really thrilled to be hosting these students during a beautiful northern Ontario summer, and showing them what Laurentian has to offer.”

Posted by Arron Pickard



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