University of Chicago May Soon Open a Delhi Centre

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The University of Chicago may soon open a centre in Delhi as a part of efforts to increase its student, faculty and research footprint in India.

The university is currently searching for land in the capital for the centre and will focus on research, faculty collaboration and exchange. However, the university will not – at least immediately – offer degrees, Sunil Kumar, dean of the prestigious UChicago Booth School of Business, told on Saturday.

“One of my focus areas as dean is to strengthen the perception of Booth School in India,” Kumar, born and educated in India, said in an interview on the sidelines of the HT Leadership Summit – where he spoke on the challenges facing Indian higher education.

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UChicago, which has produced 32 Nobel laureates, figures among the world’s top 10 universities in ranking put out by the QS World Universities and Times Higher Education Universities.

UChicago’s economics department – which has trained economists such as Milton Friedman and Paul Samuelson, among others – is considered among the best in American academia. The Booth School is placed in the same league as Harvard Business School and Wharton, and has the second-largest endowment among all American B-schools.

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