Vice-Chancellor's visit to India brings together Sussex community
By: Amy Stevens
Last updated: Thursday, 2 December 2010
Sussex alumni and families of current students from India have continued a series of international University events with dinners in Chennai and Kolkata.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Farthing, was joined by the Director of Student Recruitment, Marcus Williams, and alumnus and University representative in India, Kausik Mitra, to host the events at the end of last month.
At each dinner, alumni and families joined together to look back on achievements at Sussex this year, to learn how the University has changed since the 1960s, and to look towards the University's 50th anniversary in 2011-12. The Vice-Chancellor's presentations concluded with a short film encapsulating the Diwali celebrations hosted on campus.
Marcus commented: 'It was a delight to see so many at the University of Sussex events in Chennai and Kolkata. It was particularly good to see so many family members of current students present and I hope that this will be the first of many such annual events. On behalf of the Vice-Chancellor and myself I would like to say a big thank you to those who attended and I do hope we may have the opportunity to meet again in the near future.'
During his visit the Vice-Chancellor also held talks to strengthen Sussex's existing links in India, and explore additional areas for cooperation with institutions in Chennai, Vellore and Kolkata. He said: 'The Sussex strategic plan highlights our aim of making strategic partnerships with leading institutions around the world. Staff at the universities I visited all expressed a desire to explore meaningful links with Sussex at multiple levels: research,
collaborative academic programmes and student and staff exchange. There are great opportunities for us to take forward our internationalisation agenda with some of the most prestigious universities in India.'