Global Technology Initiative

A One-million-dollar Endowment at SJSU's
Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering
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2008 Program

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"Traveling to India was the fulfillment of one of my lifelong dreams. I have always wanted to travel to India and this was my first real opportunity to make it a reality. Prior to the GTI program, I have never traveled outside of the United States. I could not have imagined how beneficial it would be to experience life in a different culture. I have learned so much about myself and the world as a consequence of participating in the GTI program." - Amber Grant

"I will never forget the wonderful days in India." - Pascal Kam


Sponsored by the Global Technology Initiative (GTI) program, a delegation of twenty-five students
and five faculty members spent two weeks in India. The program paid all travel expenses for the study-tour, which departed from San Francisco on January 5 and returned on January 18, 2008.
The students were selected based on their academic achievement, entrepreneurship and community leadership. Before departure, delegates attended a series of lectures, which included talks on global economy, renewable energy, environment, entrepreneurship, and the history and culture of India

Cities visited include: Chennai, Bangalore, Mysore, and Delhi Agra. The delegates toured several sites, including high-tech industry, universities, and cultural sites. Dean Belle Wei led the delegation. Other faculty members joining the delegation were: Dr. Tim Hegstrom, dean of Social Sciences, Dr. Karl Toepfer, dean of Humanities and the Arts, Dr. Jacob Tsao, professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Dr. Raghu Agarwal, professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, who was also the GTI Program coordinator.