SRM alumni, Nikita Hari, the first University of Cambridge student and Indian citizen

SRM alumni, Nikita Hari, who is pursuing a PhD in Electrical Engineering

SRM Partners with UC Berkeley College of Engineering, U.S., for design, innovation and entrepreneurship

SRM University of Chennai and SRM University AP–Amaravati have entered into a strategic partnership with the UC Berkeley College of Engineering, through global partnerships with the Dado and Maria Banatao Centre for Global Education and Outreach from Berkeley Engineering (GLOBE), the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET), and the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation. The partnership will entail bi-directional information exchange in the areas of engineering education, particularly in the areas of technology-based entrepreneurship and design innovation.

This partnership seeks to establish centers of design, innovation and entrepreneurship at SRM that will embrace the study and practice of “technology-centric” innovation, bringing together technical depth, design methodology and a focus on societal impact. “We aim to bring a confluence of international ideas, technological innovation and social impact to the region, thus creating an ecosystem of innovation for the entire cities of Amaravati and Chennai and building a second Bay Area,” says Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan, president of SRM University.

Faculty members are to be the backbone of this culture; UC Berkeley will provide support in the design and development of courses to bring the concepts of design thinking and innovation to SRM. Berkeley will also facilitate SRM faculty visits to the US for capacity building.

SRM students will be immersed in and propagate this culture. They will be given the unique opportunity to spend a semester abroad to learn engineering at the Jacob’s Institute and SCET. A few selected students with entrepreneurial ambitions will attend “bootcamps” at the Jacob’s Institute and SCET. They will return and pass on this knowledge to the students present at SRM University, Chennai and SRM University AP-Amaravati, thereby creating the culture of design and innovation.

“Technological innovations and engineering designs are ingredients that inspire young minds. Through this strategic partnership between Berkeley Engineering and SRM, we will focus on design and innovations to create an environment for advancing knowledge in students that will impact a diverse society,” says Shankar Sastry, dean of engineering at UC Berkeley.

The partnership will officially kick off in spring 2018, when SRM will send twenty students to Berkeley for a semester of bootcamps and coursework focused on design innovation and entrepreneurship. After immersing themselves in design and prototyping processes, these students will return to their home universities equipped to help build a widespread culture of design innovation.


SRM University Hosts Japan Higher Education Fair

SRM University in association with the University of Tokyo hosted a one day Japan Higher Education Fair at the Kattankulathur campus on August 3, 2017 with a view to highlighting the many opportunities for higher education and research in Japan and also bringing attention to the many scholarships and schemes for students to study in that East Asian country. The University of Tokyo has been designated as the “Coordinator for Study in Japan” by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

The University of Tokyo, Japan’s No 1 ranked university has been tasked with leading the strategic dialogue for building the education relationship with India. In this context, the University approached SRM to hold a Japan Higher Education Fair to highlight and promote the growing opportunities for collaboration.

SRM University has been a natural partner for collaboration with Japan in higher education and research. The MoU with Shizuoka University is now nearly 10 years old and has seen over 80 visits by SRM students and faculty. It is one of the most successful of collaborations and its main collaborator Prof Hayakawa delivered the key note address.SRM is also one of the founding members of the nanotechnology consortium in Asia.

SRM has signed MoUs with Kyushu Institute of Technology, Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers, Tokai University, NEC Corporation, Shizuoka University and Waseda University. The collaborations are active in student mobility, faculty exchange and research. NEC Japan has set up a joint research lab at SRM University to develop products and patents in IT related areas. Waseda University is also collaborating with the SRM Research Centre in Bangalore in IT related areas.

In addition, RM’s group company SRM Technologies is engaging with several Japanese companies in carrying out industry research and has an office in Tokyo for this purpose.


Splendor of Taiwan: NTUA Dancers Visit SRM

As part of the Splendor of Taiwan Festival in India, sponsored byTaiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Taiwan University of Arts (NTUA), and Taiwan Education Centre, SRM University, a team of dancers visited SRM University for a series of cross cultural workshops and dance performances.

SRM University’s dance club replete with a fusion of talent across all genres of dance from across India gave a dazzling performance of dance and tutorials. What transpired was a spirit of intercultural understanding that transcended the barriers of language between the two countries.

The NTUA was established as the National School of Arts on October 31, 1955. Education at NTUA emphasizes humanistic thinking, creative production, theoretical analysis and hands-on practice. NTUA has the longest history of any art institution in Taiwan, in several specializations.Many famous directors have graduated from NTUA, including 78th Oscar Award Best Director Winner Ang Lee. And there have been countless musicians, artists, and designers, too.

The Taiwan Education Centre at SRM University, established by the Taiwan Government, is designed to foster greater collaboration between the two sides in Mandarin Chinese language teaching, education, and culture.