North­eastern hosted senior leaders and edu­ca­tors from higher edu­ca­tion insti­tu­tions in the United States and India ear­lier this week to foster new col­lab­o­ra­tions and dis­cuss best prac­tices and market needs in both countries.

The event was part of the BMM Indo-​​US Edu­ca­tors Summit 2013, which was held July 5–9 at North­eastern and in Prov­i­dence, R.I. The con­fer­ence drew more than 3,000 del­e­gates and was co-​​organized by the Bruhan Maha­rashtra Mandal, an orga­ni­za­tion rep­re­senting the aca­d­emic and com­mer­cial inter­ests of the Maha­rashtra region of western India.

On Monday and Tuesday, North­eastern hosted sev­eral lec­tures and work­shops focusing on the university’s Global Health Ini­tia­tive; global lead­er­ship in expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tion; pro­fes­sional sci­ence mas­ters pro­grams; and many other areas of research and schol­ar­ship. Vis­i­tors also toured Northeastern’s research centers.

Global inno­va­tion and higher edu­ca­tion strate­gies served as the theme for the two days of pro­gram­ming at North­eastern, which also included a ple­nary lec­ture by Marinda Wu, pres­i­dent of the Amer­ican Chem­ical Society. Graham Jones, chair of the Depart­ment of Chem­istry and Chem­ical Biology, and Mukund Chorghade, an adjunct pro­fessor of chem­istry, co-​​organized Northeastern’s pro­gram­ming for the conference.

Jones said the col­lab­o­ra­tive oppor­tu­ni­ties explored and devel­oped at the summit would help North­eastern con­tinue advancing its global ini­tia­tives and strengthen its industry rela­tion­ships in India. A number of modal­i­ties through which Indian cor­po­ra­tions and uni­ver­si­ties could engage with North­eastern were also out­lined, including co-​​op place­ments, fac­ulty exchanges, and exec­u­tive education.