The India China Knowledge and Capacity Building Initiative (ICKCBI) was a unique partnership with the University of Calcutta, Yunnan University in Kunming, and The New School—three universities with a shared commitment to advancing scholarship and curriculum innovation. Supported by a multi-year grant from the Ford Foundation, faculty members from each country designed and taught a graduate-level course on “India-China Interactions” that emphasized critical perspectives on historical and contemporary India and China.
In addition to classroom teaching, exceptional students from three universities participated in an eight-week field study program in Kunming, China and Kolkata, India. The inaugural field program took place during summer 2010 and was a great success. The closing field program took place during the summer of 2013, and included 20 students from six universities in India, China and the US.
The program brought together students to work on a variety of projects and exchange ideas on topics ranging from women in higher education to economic stability and cultural identity in tourism. Participating students formed lasting relationships and connections that will continue to strengthen India-China-U.S. interactions throughout their careers.
Here’s what some of the past students had to say about the program:
To learn more about the final year of the India China Knowledge and Capacity Building Initiative (ICKCBI), take a look at our closing program book for the final symposium, which took place at the University of Delhi August 12, 2013.