FLAME University, the pioneer of liberal education in India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA, to collaborate on academic and student initiatives, share best practices and generate cutting edge research studies.
Speaking about the collaboration between FLAME University and Amherst, Professor Dishan Kamdar, Vice-Chancellor, FLAME University said, “FLAME University is happy to announce its partnership with Amherst. This partnership signifies an important step forward in our mission of making FLAME a truly global institution. As liberal education gets acknowledged as the game changer for the future, we aspire to exchange knowledge and best practices that will allow us to collaborate and contribute to the advancement of liberal education globally.”
Sharing her thoughts on the collaboration with FLAME University, Catherine Epstein, Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Amherst College, said, “We’re delighted to build a strong relationship with FLAME University, one of the premier liberal arts institutes in India. With this partnership, we will provide outstanding opportunities to our students and faculty to engage in collaborative learning and research. I very much look forward to sending our students and faculty to FLAME, and to hosting FLAME students and faculty at Amherst.”
The FLAME – Amherst collaboration is for an initial period of 5 years. Amherst students may spend one semester taking liberal arts courses with and living in residences alongside FLAME students. FLAME faculty come from top institutions in India and around the world. The small class size will be familiar to Amherst students, which offers many opportunities for engaging with professors. Similarly, FLAME University students can also spend one semester or an entire year taking liberal arts courses with and living in residences alongside Amherst students. This exchange program is for undergraduate students.
The collaboration also includes students, faculty and staff exchanges, research collaborations, curricular development, conduction of experiential learning programs, pedagogical innovations, academic conferences and colloquium series.
Currently, FLAME University has collaborations with prestigious global institutions across the world such as Nuffield College – University of Oxford, Wellesley College, Kelley School of Business – Indiana University Bloomington, Babson Collaborative, and IE University.
Global Connect Initiative @FLAME:- The Global Connect initiative at FLAME University aims to promote FLAME’s internationalization strategy. It is a mutually beneficial association of the University with leading international universities, reputed institutes and internationally acclaimed research bodies. The aim of these collaborations, in addition to the academic enrichment of students and faculty, is to provide the FLAME community opportunities for a global view of things and a diverse mix of perspectives.
Additionally, FLAME University has been accepted as a member in the Global Liberal Arts Alliance. It’s the first Indian institution to be represented in the Global Liberal Arts Alliance, the only global consortium of its kind comprising leading liberal arts institutions around the world.
About Amherst College:- Amherst College prepares students to use ideas to make a difference in the world. Since its 1821 founding in Western Massachusetts, Amherst has demonstrated steadfast confidence in the value of the liberal arts and the importance of critical thinking. Today, its financial aid program is among the most substantial in the nation, and its student body is among the most diverse. Small classes, an open curriculum and a singular focus on undergraduate education ensure that leading scholars engage daily with talented, curious students, equipping them for leadership in an increasingly global and complex world.
About FLAME University:- FLAME University has been created as an academic institution anchored in Liberal Education. Being the pioneer of Liberal Education in India, FLAME University delivers the country’s premier interdisciplinary education experience. It exists to build an aspirational destination for students and faculty, to push the design and nature of studies and to create a societal up gradation phenomenon particularly in the fields of liberal education and leadership. FLAME University is driven to being one of India’s most respected and reputed centers of learning – the one destination of choice for higher education in the nation for learners and teachers.
Spread on 60 acres of green expanse, FLAME prepares students who have a strong desire to learn and grow continually, welcome new ideas, value diversity with desire to succeed and give their best towards excellence in all spheres of life. Its curriculum includes perspective building, skills and competencies for communication, problem-solving skills, creativity, innovation, teamwork and ethics that also meet the needs of the diverse sectors of the country. It currently consists of four schools: FLAME School of Liberal Education, FLAME School of Business, FLAME School of Communication and FLAME School of Fine & Performing Arts. With more than 90 full time faculty members, the university offers an unparalled education experience. The student – teacher ratio is 9:1, unmatched at the higher education level in India.
FLAME University has been established as a state private university vide the FLAME University Act 2014 (Maharashtra Act No. II of 2015) of the Government of Maharashtra. FLAME University is recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under Section 2(f), and degrees awarded by the University are recognized under Section 22 of the UGC Act, 1956.