Dean Jack Richman and Dr. Suresh Pathare
The School of Social Work is once again partnering with an international institution in an effort to increase opportunities for joint research and teaching.
The School recently signed a five-year “memorandum of understanding (MOU)” with the Centre for Studies in Rural Development, Institute of Social Work and Research in Ahmednagar, India. The Centre, which is affiliated with the University of Pune, established a relationship with the School three years ago, having served as a host to UNC students, faculty, and others as part of a study abroad program.
“This MOU creates a formal affiliation between the school and the Centre. It creates an official partnership so that we can explore mutually beneficial opportunities.”
The joint efforts enable faculty members from the participating universities to work together on research, grants, and other projects; encourage student and faculty exchanges; and promote training and related activities.
Visiting scholar Suresh Pathare, Professor and director of the Centre for Studies in Rural Development, has been helping the School explore possible exchange ideas. Dr.Pathare, who visited UNC about six months ago, was working on a systematic review of food security issues in the United States and India.
International relationships will help the students to understand how they may need to change their personal perspective in order to work with individuals, families, and communities that are different than what they have personally experienced.