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U.S.-India Higher Education Dialogue

AACC supports the U.S.-India Higher Education Dialogue, an exchange between academia, the private sector, and our respective governments to foster partnerships and meaningful collaboration in support of India's vocational education and skills enhancement goals. For more information on how your college can participate, contact Alice Blayne-Allard, Associate Vice President of International Programs and Services, at

  • Minister Sibal announcement on 100 community colleges - "I hope to establish 100 such colleges by 2013. I invite Presidents and representatives of community colleges to visit us..."
  • AACC Global Partnership Delegations to India
    • In February 2013, a delegation organized by AACC of about 25 community college leaders traveled to India to advise government officials and education leaders as they implement an ambitious plan to upgrade the nation's technical education system. Read Helping India With Its Ambitious Education Plan, Community College Times, March 8, 2013.
    • In June 2013, AACC organized a follow up delegation with special focus on automotive, health care, hospitality/tourism, retail management, and business. The following is an excerpt of remarks by the U.S. Secretary of State during the delegation.

Secretary of State John Kerry:  “Community colleges, we have found, are a lifeline, and they have an enormous ability to be able to fill a gap in education systems. We’re proud of our community college system in the state of Massachusetts, and I’ve spoken at many a graduation there. I know many students have come out of those colleges and gone on to do extraordinary things, and many of them have been able to use it as a bridge to go on to a full four-year or longer term or even to graduate education beyond that. So I’m pleased that the American Association of Community Colleges and the All-India Council for Technical Education are going to be kicking off a new effort to ramp up community college education in India. I think this is an extraordinarily important initiative.”

Read The road to building skills for the 21st century, Community College Times, June 22, 2013.

    • U.S.-India Joint Fact Sheet: U.S.-India Cooperation In Higher Education, U.S. Department of State, June 24, 2013--"The American Association of Community Colleges continues to facilitate cooperation and overall capacity–building efforts between Indian and American partner institutions. Beginning later this year, the United States intends to host a series of delegations of community college leaders from India to the United States for professional development and capacity building."

 Photo courtesy of the U.S. Embassy in India



To find out how your college can participate, contact Alice Blayne-Allard, at

Passport to India

AACC encourages member colleges to take advantage of Passport to India, an initiative created to encourage an increase in the number of American students studying and interning in India. Through partnerships with business and non-governmental organizations, the initiative promotes internships, service learning & study abroad in India.

  • During an interview with Forbes India, the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine stated that the U.S. is planning to increase the number of American students in India to 15,000 in five years through the Passport to India initiative.


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