If You Can't Beat Them...Fly Across the World to Meet Them!

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That might have been the philosophy behind Cornell University President David Skorton's winter break trip to India, whose educational system is attracting attention recently from American leaders who are nervous the U.S. system is falling behind. (Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings visited India in 2006 and cited the country's investments in education in testimony to the House Committee on Science (PDF) in March.)

The Daily Sun reports that Cornell has now drafted "several memoranda of understanding ... including agreements to expand collaboration in engineering, computing, agriculture, food processing, and marketing." Skorton's tour, which snaked through Bangalore, New Delhi, Bombay, and Hyderabad, included a two-hour session with India's prime minister at Manmohan Singh's private residence, the Sun reports.