FIU’s GPS points due East to India


FIU’s partnerships stretch out over the entire globe – but there are some countries with which collaborations are multi-dimensionally broad and exceedingly successful. India is one of those countries.

FIU faculty regularly collaborate with fellow researchers. Student groups frequently engage with the local community as part of a Study Abroad program. And the Indian student population is always amongst the largest groups of foreign students on FIU campuses. See FIU-India profile here.

In recognition of this prolific relationship, an FIU delegation to be led by Provost & Executive Vice President Kenneth G. Furton will be heading to India August 27-31. The FIU Global Position Showcase(GPS), as the initiative to India has been dubbed, is a multi-city outreach to celebrate the university’s successes with current partners and to build upon those partnerships to expand FIU’s impact and footprint. Several of FIU’s top faculty with Indian roots have assumed a key role in the delegation, not only to promote their research and deepen their collaborations but also to meet with interested students who are considering FIU to pursue their studies.

FIU’s initiative sparked the interest of the greater Miami Indian diaspora community, spearheaded by the India-U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Inc. – South Florida (IUSCCI). With the “development and improvement of economic, commercial, cultural and financial relationships between India and The State of Florida” at its core mission, IUSCCI recently called together a meeting with chamber members and the FIU delegation to pinpoint mutual interests.”

FIU’s plans for deeper and broader collaborations with India are well aligned with our mission,” said Madhu Mehta, president of IUSCCI. “We are committed to join forces with the university to make this a true Miami initiative.”

In an open dialogue between chamber and FIU delegation members, IUSCCI Executive Board Advisor Dr. Narendra Kini, president and CEO of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, emphasized that the impact of this initiative goes way beyond the academic mission of the university and that the South Florida Indian business community stands ready to do its part.

“This is no time for Miami to be shy about its world class educational but also health care and technology companies,” said Kini. “Just as Amazon has included Miami as a top 20 finalist for a second headquarters, top Indian educational institutions and firms will realize our community’s unique geographic, demographic and economic advantages. And with FIU’s leadership, the impact on Florida and India will be notable.”

FIU and IUSCCI representatives after the open dialogue to join forces on expanding relations with India

The express support of the Indian diaspora community was much welcomed by members of the FIU delegation, including Dr. Ranu Jung, professor and chair of Biomedical Engineering. She has joined the GPS initiative because her research on neuro-enabled prostheses already benefits from collaborations with Indian scientists sponsored by the Indian Council of Scientific & Industrial Research.

Jung said: “There are other institutions and researchers in India that will greatly complement our work and by having the Provost & Executive Vice President underscore a steadfast institutional commitment and other scientists showcase their unique competencies, we are making an exceptional case as an institution that we are a pioneer and global leader. And having the Miami Indian business community joining us in this effort further boosts our capacity to deliver meaningful results.”

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