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DC, UOIT ink deals with Indian company


Tim McTiernan, left, and Don Lovisa, right, sign a memorandum of understanding with Alok Modi, chairman of Modi Edutech in New Delhi. The two postsecondary heads were in India as part of a provincial trade mission.

Both Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology have both signed memorandums of understanding to help develop post-secondary education programs in India.

Tim McTiernan, UOIT’s president, and Don Lovisa, DC’s president, were on hand to sign the agreement with Modi Edutech in New Delhi, which will help deliver teacher education and curriculum development with the university and early childhood education with the college.

Both McTiernan and Lovisa were part of the Ontario trade envoy led by Premier Kathleen Wynne during her 10-day trade mission to India last month.

“Ideas know no borders and, as such, universities are at the forefront of building global communities,” states McTiernan in a news release. “As the University of Ontario Institute of Technology continues to grow, an agreement like this allows us to play an increasing role in global engagement.”
“Durham College was very pleased to be selected to be part of the Premier’s delegation to India,” states Lovisa in the same news release. “The country represents an important emerging market and economy that has a number of specific needs that are aligned with training and education that we provide. This MOU is a great first step as it matches our strength in early childhood education with a specific need by our Indian partners for high-level training.”