Tom George and Radhakanta Mishra

UMSL Chancellor Tom George (seated, left) and Radhakanta Mishra (seated, center), chairman of Eastern Academy of Science and Technology, sign a partnership agreement last week in George’s office. Looking on (from left) are: Surya Mishra, a management member of EAST; Joel Glassman, associate provost and director of the Center for International Studies at UMSL; Keith Womer, dean of the College of Business Administration at UMSL; Nigam Rath, research professor in chemistry at UMSL; and Gita Mishra (seated, right), management member of EAST and Mishra's wife.

Beginning next year, students from the Eastern Academy of Science and Technology in Orissa, India, will spend a summer session at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. The new partnership stems from an agreement signed last week by UMSL Chancellor Tom George and EAST Chairman Radhakanta Mishra.

EAST is a private technical institution that was founded in 2001.

The newly created partnership will allow up to 30 EAST students to take two courses in the master’s degree in business administration program at UMSL each summer. The students will take part in the eight-week courses and live on campus.

“UMSL is continuously looking for opportunities to share our resources with other universities through partnerships,” George said. “Through the agreement with EAST, students from India will have an opportunity to attend UMSL, learn from our outstanding faculty and learn about the global business world.”

EAST Chairman Mishra said the reputation of UMSL and its MBA program is the reason why officials at EAST were so eager to partner with the university.

“I’m so excited to be partnering with UMSL,” Mishra said. “This will give EAST students the opportunity to attend courses in the university’s MBA program. UMSL’s program is one of a kind, and because of that, we know our students will receive only the best from this experience.”

Joel Glassman, associate provost and director of the Center for International Studies at UMSL, helped create the agreement with EAST. He said the benefits of the agreement could continue to grow.

“We are taking the first steps in building a long-standing relationship with EAST,” Glassman said. “Through this agreement, there is great potential to expand and create even more opportunities for EAST and UMSL students.”

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Jen Hatton

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