March 05, 2012

Bucknell University Provost Mick Smyer

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By Andy Hirsch

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University Provost Mick Smyer will travel to India this month, after being selected to take part in the Fulbright-Nehru India International Education Administrators Seminar. Smyer is one of just a handful of college administrators chosen to participate in the program.

"I believe this trip will lay the foundation for some very exciting and fruitful relationships between the Bucknell community and India's highly respected colleges and universities," Smyer said.

Based on a similar Fulbright fellowship that took Smyer to Japan, he called the opportunity a unique introduction to a country, its culture and its people. With a growing economy and a population of nearly 1.2 billion people, second only to China, Smyer believes India and its higher education institutions could prove to be key strategic partners.

"India will be an important country throughout the 21st century. By mid-century, India's work force will still be growing while China's rapidly aging workforce will be shrinking," said Smyer. "I want to explore options for a study-abroad and exchange partner for Bucknell so that our students and faculty can have access to India on an ongoing basis."

The seminar runs the last two weeks of March. On top of meeting with leaders at various Indian universities, the group will sit down with representatives from private businesses and selected government agencies.

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