UK-based University of York signs partnership agreement with O.P. Jindal Global University

New Delhi, February 13, 2023: The University of York, UK has signed a strategic partnership agreement with the O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU), which will support student mobility opportunities and academic collaboration. 

The MoU was signed at an event in New Delhi between Professor Charlie Jeffery, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of York, and Professor C. Raj Kumar, the Founding Vice Chancellor of JGU, followed by a tour of JGU and meetings to develop projects between the two institutions.

The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two institutions will lead to a number of initiatives, including PhD projects, academic research partnerships, and student exchanges in areas including politics, law, sustainability, film and music studies, and public health.

O.P. Jindal Global University is recognised as an Institution of Eminence by the Ministry of Education. It was established through a philanthropic initiative of its Founding Chancellor, Mr. Naveen Jindal. It is ranked as India’s Number 1 Private University by the QS World University Rankings, and was also recognised among the Top 150 universities globally under the age of 50 years by the QS Young University Rankings 2022.  

On this occasion, Professor Charlie Jeffery said, “I would like to thank our colleagues in India for this opportunity to work together to provide our students with a truly international learning experience, and collaborate on research that will make a difference to people’s lives globally. Underpinning our relationship is our shared mission to bring graduates into the global workplace fully equipped to deliver their knowledge in a way that allows communities anywhere in the world to flourish.”

Professor C. Raj Kumar said, “We welcome our colleagues from York in the UK, and look forward to an exciting future together where our combined expertise will create lasting benefits for society.  International collaboration is essential to breaking down barriers, providing solutions to significant global challenges, and producing the next generation of experts in fields that will improve the ways in which we live and work.”

The MoU signing took place during a week-long trip to India, where the University of York Vice-Chancellor was joined by Professor Miles Elsden, Director of the Institute of Safe Autonomy (ISA) at York.

The University of York will officially launch the Institute of Safe Autonomy (ISA) later this year, which takes a safety critical approach to the design, development and testing of robotics and connected autonomous systems, with the aim of minimising the risks associated with these technologies, and exploring their potential to deliver impactful solutions for the benefit of society and the economy.  

The Vice-Chancellor and Professor Elsden met with senior education, government, and industry leaders in Delhi and Mumbai to discuss future collaborations in the areas of research, teaching, and industry in India.