President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford is joined by members of the LETU Office
of Global Initiatives, standing from left, Alan Clipperton, Suma
Jayakar, Rebecca Haesecke and Tracy Ketrow. |
This week, I was delighted to sign documents to formalize new partnerships with two women's colleges in India: Stella Maris College and Women's Christian College. Both colleges identify as Christian and are located in Chennai, which is home to about five million people in the state of Tamilnadu.
LETU International Recruitment Specialist Suma Jayakar in our Office of Global Initiatives recently traveled to her homeland of India where she spoke with leaders at these two colleges about the benefits of partnership with LETU. Her efforts, under the direction of our Assistant Vice President for Global Initiatives Alan Clipperton, have resulted in these new partnerships.
The partnerships will provide opportunities for student and faculty exchanges, as well as an opportunity for students from these colleges to participate in LETU's short-term language and cultural programs.
I hope that we can recruit many more Indian students to LETU. We have more than 70 families from India living in the Longview area. Many of our local families from South Asia have expressed desire to interact and provide support for these international students while they study at LeTourneau University.
These relationships offer us a unique opportunity to recruit and support more students from India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. We currently have a number of students from this area of the globe, and we look forward to seeing more of them choose to study at LETU.
Women's Christian College was founded as a joint venture of 12 missionary societies from the United Kingdom, Canada and the U.S.A. "to provide a complete, meaningful and relevant education to women so that they are intellectually well-trained, morally upright, socially aware and spiritually inspired."
WCC is ranked 10th in India among the best colleges in the Arts and Science category by the Ministry for Human Resource Development. The school offers a wide range of metacognitive and need-based programs at the undergraduate, postgraduate and research levels to women from national and regional communities and varied socio-economic backgrounds.
Stella Maris College was founded as an autonomous merit-based women's institution affiliated with the University of Madras. Stella Maris College prides itself on over than 60 years of service to the cause of higher education of women and social development. It is committed to serving economically and socially marginalized sections of Indian society and provides university education in a Christian atmosphere. Their vision is to build a vibrant and inclusive learning community in a culture of excellence sustained by a sound value system that promotes responsible citizenship and effects social change.
Suma says WCC had already heard of LeTourneau University, since one of their board members came from another university with a strong aeronautical science program. They knew about our standard of academic excellence in all areas, our conservative campus and our style of experiential learning. She said WCC had 100 students sign up for just five available spots in our exchange program for next semester, once WCC emailed its student population about our new partnership!
Stella Maris College has already invited one of our computer science faculty to be a keynote speaker in their computer science symposium in February.
I'm reminded weekly that an LETU education is of value around the world. What a joy to be part of what our God is doing around the globe.
|In India is Suma Jayakar with Dr. Sr. Jasintha Quadras of Stella Maris College.|
|In India with Suma Jayakar (center) is Dr. Lilian I Jasper, left, and Paul P. Appasamy, right, both of Women's Christian College.|