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USC puts out welcome mat for students from India

By Frenche Brewer, brewer4@mailbox.sc.edu

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While walking around with the wide-eyed wonder of a group touring Disney World, 17 students from Auro University in Surat, India, recently took in the sights of the University of South Carolina.

Nilofel Timol, an MBA student at Auro University, was impressed with what she saw.

“It is beautiful and it’s huge…much bigger than my university. Some of us are thinking of studying again, just to come here,” Timol said.

As guests of the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRTM), the students were in Columbia to learn about life and culture at an American university.

Auro University in Surat, India, was established in 2011 by its president, H.P. Rama, a Greenville, S.C., hotel magnate. More than two years ago, Rama approached USC to help with his vision of creating a world-class institution of higher education in Surat, India. Also during that time, the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management and the Darla Moore School of Business designed hospitality and business majors and faculty development programs for Auro University.    

“A partnership with USC is a very important one because we’d like our students to be exposed to a global stage of learning. And we want our students to come to the U.S. for further study and advance their knowledge in a highly developed country called the United States,” Rama said.

Sheryl Kline, associate dean in HRTM, said hosting the Auro students is the start of the next phase of the agreement.

“This global partnership provides Auro students with opportunities to learn with Carolina students. This is just one of the ways we internationalize our programs and provide educational opportunities that expose all of our students to different cultures and career possibilities,” Kline said. “India has an economy that has experienced tremendous growth and will play an increasing role in the global economy. These students are part of that economic future and can only benefit through working together in the classroom and beyond.”

Posted: 06/08/12 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 06/11/12 @ 1:42 PM | Permalink