Don Slaunwhite, a project manager at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority poses for a portrait in Ottawa, June 17, 2016. (Chris Roussakis for National Post)

Carleton University’s Canada-India Centre for Excellence (CICE) is partnering with three Indian institutions to deliver business and cultural programming that will offer Canadians the skills and knowledge required to work in India and foster stronger innovation and trade connections between the two countries.

Carleton is partnering with the Bombay Stock Exchange Institute (BSEI) to offer two new certificate programs — on the Indian business innovation system and Indian investment opportunities — through the CICE.

The partnership with the BSEI, a fully owned subsidiary of the Bombay Stock Exchange, will provide Canadians with access to critical professional and academic training.

Carleton has also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the International School of Management Excellence (ISME) to help the institutions explore new opportunities for academic and research collaborations in the business and management fields.

The ISME is one of the top business schools in the state of Karnataka and is located in India’s “innovation hub,” Bengaluru.

Education and skills development have been identified as key priority areas by the two national governments, and Carleton is pleased to help the Government of Canada implement its agenda for India.

Roseann O’Reilly Runte Receives International Award

Carleton President and Vice-Chancellor Roseann O’Reilly Runte formalized these two partnerships while in India to receive an award from World Education Congress, which recognized her as one of the world’s 100 most influential vice-chancellors at its annual conference in Mumbai.

The vice-chancellors list recognizes qualities such as strategic perspective, integrity and ethics, and sustainable education. An independent jury comprised of academics, researchers and business leaders selects recipients.

“It is always a privilege to represent Carleton and to advance our global agenda,” said Dr. Runte. “Working for the greater good of society is a significant part of our strategic plan and it is good that our work in establishing new programs that meet the social, economic and health needs of society is being recognized at this forum.”

Don Slaunwhite, a project manager at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority poses for a portrait in Ottawa, June 17, 2016. (Chris Roussakis for National Post)The week before attending the World Education Congress on June 23 and 24, Dr. Runte signed an MOU with the High Commissioner of India to Canada, H.E Vishnu Prakash, to renew Carleton’s visiting India Chair in the field of Humanities and Social Sciences focused on India-related studies.

Under the agreement, Carleton will host a visiting professor for a four-month semester each academic year. The MOU will remain valid for a period of five years. The Chair was initially established in January 2011.

“The India Chair has proven to be a wonderful experience,” said Dr. Runte. “It’s an opportunity for us to build bridges of culture and understanding, and to have our students exposed to different forms of teaching. It’s very significant that the Indian government is doing this with Carleton. India has such a rich culture to share.”

“The India Chair and our new partnerships in India make us quite unique in terms of being able to provide business and academic training for Indians and Canadians to work together in key priority areas,” said Harry Sharma, Manager of the CICE. “I believe capacity building and more strategic in-depth research are the only ways to enhance the bilateral partnerships between our countries to their full potential.”