Nalanda University is an international institution of higher education located at Rajgir in Bihar, a few kilometres south of the historic Nalanda Mahavihara of ancient India. The University draws its international character from the strong historical legacy of its illustrious predecessor that lay at the core of pan-Asian networks of connectivity and learning. Nalanda University, in the footsteps of ancient Nalanda, facilitates precisely this “community of learning”, whose thought and practices symbolized the “spirituality that unites all”(Act). Hence the University’s stated goal is to be “an international institution for the pursuit of intellectual, philosophical, historical and spiritual studies”(Act) committed to excellence so as to fulfil its internationally conferred mandate of promoting peace and harmony. This becomes particularly significant in the 21 st century world context, which reaffirms the need for humanity to learn and grow together.
Nalanda University’s international character is reflected in the following areas:
- Partnerships: Hallmark of sui generis Nalanda is its Asian collaborative support reinforcing the spirit and global character of the historical seat of learning. Sixteen countries endorsed the Government of India’s proposal to re-establish the ancient Nalanda University at the East Asia Summit in January 2007. As of 2019, eighteen member countries have signed bilateral/multilateral agreements regarding the establishment of Nalanda University.
- Academic Focus: On building key international partnerships to support and promote excellence in education and research collaborations
- Students: Nalanda University is one the diverse and vibrant campuses, with almost 50% of its students coming from various countries of the world.
- Resources: Building new resources geared towards engaging the international community. E.g., Common Archival Resource Centre, BIMSTEC-Centre for Bay of Bengal Studies, and ASEAN-India Network of Institutions being established at Nalanda are not only research platforms but also sites enabling a global tapestry of value systems, peaceful connectivity and innovative research through the vast domain of India-Asian wisdom and knowledge-space.
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