University of Zurich and O.P. Jindal Global University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for mutual cooperation in higher education and research. The MoU was signed on 22nd January 2020 at the annual World Economic Forum at Davos in Switzerland in which the founding Vice Chancellor of JGU, Prof. (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar and the President of the UZH, Prof. (Dr.) Michael Hengartner were present. They were invited to speak on the future of global universities for promoting sustainable futures.
Professor Raj Kumar, the Founding Vice Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University said, “The University of Zurich has carved out a name for itself as a leading higher educational institution in the world. This MoU will lead to many mutually beneficial forms of collaboration, including student and faculty exchanges and joint research activities. We at JGU are strongly committed to internationalization and opening up of new global learning opportunities for our students. The signing of this MoU at the World Economic Forum, Davos signifies a commitment of both our global universities towards providing opportunities for faculty and students in teaching, research, knowledge creation and international understanding.”
Prof. Dr. Michael O. Hengartner, President of the University of Zurich observed: “We are truly excited about the prospect of collaborating with O. P. Jindal Global University. I am personally convinced that this MoU will provide a solid basis for fruitful academic exchange from which our two institutions will benefit in many respects.”
University of Zurich is the largest and one of the oldest Universities in Switzerland with distinguished presence and excellence in teaching and research. Founded in 1833, the University of Zurich is currently amongst the top 100 Universities in the world as per the Times Higher Education (THE) and QS World University Rankings.
JGU is a multidisciplinary and research oriented Indian university. It has made into the QS World University Rankings 2020 as the youngest university in India and in the world to be featured in the world rankings. JGU is also the only Indian private university in the top 150 ‘young’ universities in the world (under 50 years of age) in the QS Young University Rankings 2020.
Speaking on a panel at the Caspian Week-World Economic Forum during 21-24 January 2020, at a thematic session entitled: “The Role of Global Universities in Promoting Sustainable Futures”, Prof. C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor of the O.P. Jindal Global University and Prof. Michael Hengartner, President of the University of Zurich affirmed that this initiative will foster closer ties between the two Universities by providing a platform for faculty members, research scholars and students though meaningful engagements under diverse collaborative models based on mutual expertise.
O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) is ranked as one of India’s leading “Institutions of Eminence” by the Government of India. It was notable that Professor Kumar was the only Vice Chancellor from India who was invited to speak at Davos.