Chicago State University was recently announced as one of eight Universities in the
nation to be awarded a historic, highly competitive and prestigious Obama-Singh Education
Grant, cementing a relationship between CSU and JNTU-Kakinada, our partner school
in India, that will increase CSU's global presence.
The Obama-Singh grants are designed to fund institutional partnerships between Indian
and U.S. institutions of higher education, through faculty exchanges and research
and innovation collaboration in the priority areas.
The CSU / JNTU grant will go towards an academic program entitled "Promoting University-Industrial
Cooperation, Creativity, Diversity and Entrepreneurship in Computer Science."
CSU welcomed the Vice-Chancellor of JNTU-Kakinada last year in the lead up to the
grant application process. At that time, CSU President Dr. Wayne Watson said:
"Over the past two decades, US – India relations have evolved rapidly and we now find
ourselves as global partners in many areas, specifically in science, engineering,
technology and math. As educators, we have a responsibility to meet the growing needs
of these evolving relations. We both have challenges in higher education that a strong
partnership can help alleviate. In India, there remains a pressing need to improve
higher education capacity. Here in the United States, we must have students who are
more globally aware if they are to compete. Together we can begin to outline strategies
that will address these issues and make both our institutions stronger in the process."