U-M captures share of Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative

Led by Chair and Professor of Medical Education, Dr. Larry Gruppen, U-M is one of the first institutions to receive a US Department of State award under the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative program. Gruppen, along with co-principle investigator Payal K. Bansal of Maharashtra University of the Health Sciences, received a US-led partnership award for their proposal The Joint Development of a Master’s Degree in Education for Health Professions Faculty in the United States and India
Partner Institution: Maharashtra University of the Health Sciences.

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced the initiative in late 2009, affirming their commitment to enhance partnerships in higher education between the two countries in priority fields such as food security, climate change, sustainable energy, and public health. $10 million will be allocated over the next five years, with each government contributing $5 million.  Eight to ten partnerships will be awarded annually, with partnership teams receiving an award of $250,000 to cover the three-year grant period.  According to the announcement, awards are intended to “encourage mutual understanding, educational reform, and economic growth, as well as the development of junior faculty.”

UMMS is one of only six medical institutions in the US to have a department specifically dedicated to medical education. The partnership Maharashtra University of the Health Sciences brings together two institutions that value rich faculty development experiences both within and outside of their own institutions.  The award enables the establishment of a self-sustaining masters degree program in education specifically designed for health professions faculty, thereby promoting greater collabora­tion between the schools and increasing, attracting and retaining the highest caliber of teaching faculty at each institution.

The official State Department announcement can be viewed at http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/06/192154.htm.

The link to the India Daily News can be found at: http://india.nydailynews.com/article/138942951a6bce1e7992b72c49940392/india-us-announce-eight-educational-partnerships