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Leaving India

We are in the air Saturday evening beginning the 15 hour flight from Delhi to Newark with memories of an extraordinary week. The students and faculty of Lady Shri Ram College provided abundant hospitality throughout the week. They offered a provocative study of the life and work of Gandhi and consideration of the place of…

Be the Change

When we began planning details of our time in India, the students in our delegation requested that time be set aside for community service. This is consistent with the OWU culture and the commitments of OWU students. We quickly found it also is consistent with the culture of Lady Shri Ram College and the LSR…

Diversity Is Our Strength

Last night in a conversation with the parent of a current OWU student from Delhi, the parent noted that the strength of India lies in its diversity. This comment grew out of a discussion of Indian cuisine and the variety in Indian food from various parts of the country. He noted the difference between the…

Ode to the Village

Our tour of Delhi yesterday included a visit to the Crafts Museum, a presentation of the culture and history of India’s rural villages.  The exhibit included replicas of village homes, bullock carts and other essentials for village and agrarian life, and demonstrations of traditional Indian craft making such as carving and sculpting (wood, stone, ivory,…

Images and Impressions – The Richness of Indian Culture

Saturday was intended for a noon reception for admitted students from Mumbai. However, end-of-year exams for graduating seniors ended late Saturday morning, and our admitted students were not able to meet with us. So we spent Saturday with the family of a recent OWU alumna from Mumbai, whose sister will enroll at OWU in the…

OWU Alumni in Mumbai

We had a terrific evening with a group of young OWU alumni in Mumbai. The group represents majors in English (Creative Writing), Economics, Fine Arts, and Mathematics. We had lengthy conversations about OWU and how to attract more students from India to Ohio Wesleyan. Like nearly all OWU alumni, these former students talked at length…

A Day in Mumbai; Meeting at USIEF

We saw much of Mumbai as we traveled from our hotel north of the city to the offices of the United States-India Educational Foundation today. Mumbai is a city of more than 20 million people, making it the fourth largest city in the world.  A visitor is overwhelmed with the sensory overload that accompanies the…

Arrival in Mumbai

Melissa, Craig Ullom, and I arrived in Mumbai last night after a 14-hour flight from Newark. Our preparation for the trip included readings, video conferences with representatives from LSR, and insights shared with others who have explored India and who are interested in partnerships among colleges and universities in our respective countries. In a video…

Join Us During Our Adventure in India

This photograph was taken in 2011 by Ohio Wesleyan students during an OWU Theory-to-Practice grant-funded trip to study children's welfare in Kolkata, India. From March 9-18, a delegation of OWU students will visit New Delhi to study the life of Mahatma Gandhi with students from Lady Shri Ram College for Women. (Photo courtesy of Addie Hemmen '12.)

Two years ago, Ohio Wesleyan University was selected by the Institute for International Education as one of 10 colleges and universities in the United States to participate in a new International Academic Partnership Program in India. The program is designed to foster partnerships among institutions of higher education in the world’s two largest democracies. In…