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14 August 2006 PR 06/94

Loughborough signs Memorandum of Understanding with prestigious Indian institute

Loughborough University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, to facilitate academic cooperation between the two institutions.

The agreement will enable Loughborough and IIT Delhi to explore the possibility of exchanging information and collaborating on research and teaching; jointly organising conferences and short courses; and undertaking student exchange programmes.

The MOU was signed at a special ceremony at the end of July by Dr Anoop Vyas from IIT Delhi and Professor Shirley Pearce, Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University.

“This marks the culmination of a partnership that has flourished over three decades,” said Professor Morag Bell, Pro Vice Chancellor for Teaching at Loughborough University. “We are proud and delighted to have the opportunity to develop our links in exciting new ways with one of the finest technological universities in the world.”

IIT Delhi has long-standing links with Loughborough’s Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. To date they have collaborated on sonar and telemedicine projects, and are currently working on a joint project submission to the UK-India Education and Research Initiative.

Most recently Dr Neil Mansfield of Loughborough’s Department of Human Sciences has been working with IIT Delhi to develop taught courses in the subjects of sound and vibration, and collaborating with them on research relating to human comfort and performance on trains. As part of this, the department recently hosted an internship student from IIT Delhi, who explored the most effective type of pointing device for laptop computers.

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Notes to editors

  1. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

    In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

  2. The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi is one of the seven Institutes of Technology created as centres of excellence for higher training, research and development in science, engineering and technology in India; the others are at Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Bombay, Guwahati and Roorkee. Established as the College of Engineering in 1961, the Institute was later declared an Institution of National Importance under the ‘Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 1963’ and renamed ‘Indian Institute of Technology Delhi’. It was then accorded the status of a deemed university with powers to decide its own academic policy, to conduct its own examinations, and to award its own degrees.

    HRH The Duke of Edinburgh laid the foundation stone of the Institute on 27January 1959. The Institute was inaugurated by Prof.Humayun Kabir, the then Union Minister for Scientific Research and Cultural Affairs on 21 August 1961. The Institute buildings were formally opened by Dr.Zakir Hussain, the then President of India, on 2 March 1968.

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