University of Calcutta students would now be able to apply for short term courses from the Thailand campus of US based Webster University. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by the two institutes for tenure of two years. This MoU would allow the students from Calcutta University to undergo short-term courses and apply for research projects on joint basis.
The rector of Webster Ratish Thakur pointed out that they want Calcutta University students to come and explore the various ASEAN countries (Association of South East Asian Nations) in the fields of culture, religion, politics, business and NGOs.
He said that the potential is limitless. It will be good opportunity for Webster students to come to Calcutta and get knowledge about Buddhist studies. He more added on sending professors to lecture at Webster campus in Thailand.
According to the Vice Chancellor of Calcutta University Suranjan Das, this initiative of the two institutes would help students to get help in undergoing studies other than science and technical fields. The memorandum has pointed out that the focus would be on three major areas of studies which are: Buddhist studies, south-east Asian studies and foreign policy and international relations.
There would also be exchanges of staff members and students among the institutes and joint seminars and workshops would be held periodically in the institutes. There would be educational events of different grandeurs, staff development programmes, support programmes and various other collaborations that would fall under the purview of the understanding.