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India Trip Connects Cornell with Alumni and Partners

Vice Provost for International Affairs Wendy Wolford and a Global Cornell delegation visited India, including Mumbai, New Delhi, Chandigarh, Kolkata, and Chennai.

In April, the Global Cornell team met with alumni and institutional partners to strengthen Cornell’s connections in India, which already include an alumni network of over 1,600 and two Global Hubs partner universities.

Cornell Trip to India

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The trip to India began in Bangaluru, where Wolford, Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of Global Operations and Strategy Christine Potter, and Director of Development Christian Shaffmaster met with local alumni and visited Infosys—an Indian multinational technology company led by CEO Salil Parekh, Meng ’87, MS ‘88.

While visiting institutions and universities around India, the delegation was pleased to be greeted by Cornell alumni who now sit on faculty and in leadership roles throughout the country.

In Mumbai, the team connected with alumni at dinner on April 19. They shared news of the new Cornell Global Hubs and Cornell’s international work, with a particular focus on the work in India, along with updates on the university, including interdisciplinary research, Earth Source Heat, and the 2030 Initiative. The Tata Institute of Social Sciences was also visited.

Over brunch on April 23, Cornell alumni in New Delhi heard from Global Cornell about the university’s connections and activities in India. 

Two Cornell Global Hubs partner universities, Ashoka University and O.P. Jindal University, are located within 35 miles of New Delhi. The meeting sparked conversations about student and faculty exchange opportunities between Cornell and our partners in India and prospects for the local alumni to support Cornell’s work locally.