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Posted on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 8:07 a.m.

University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman plans visit to India

By Kellie Woodhouse


Mary Sue Coleman, U-M president, is planning a trip to India.

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University of Michigan leader Mary Sue Coleman plans to travel to India in the fall.

The trip to Mumbai and New Delhi will be Coleman's fifth trip abroad intended to promote the university and strengthen its international ties, according to The Michigan Daily.

The trip will take place in November and last about a week, according to the Daily. Since becoming president in 2002, Coleman has traveled to South Africa, China, Ghana and, most recently, Brazil.

During the Brazil trip U-M's delegation included Coleman, six faculty members and Mark Tessler, the university's vice provost for international affairs.

“We are taking full advantage of these trips to try to make ourselves more accessible to these countries, as well as to have more impact," Coleman told the Daily.

Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.



Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 5:10 p.m.

The glamour of foreign education: I am not surprised to read about this trip. She must have recognized the huge marketing potential of India where people are easily enticed by the glamour and status associated with foreign education. In the ancient Land of India, people have lost interest in spiritual education and nothing is more dear to them than the quest for material wealth. United States is a very attractive destination as the name is associated with material prosperity. I am waiting for the day when foreign students arrive here to learn the scientific principles involved in choosing a life of voluntary simplicity and denounce mass consumerism.

Nick Danger

Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 12:04 p.m.

Another reason to make the U a private university for thr elite. They take our tax dollars to go on vacation

Lets Get Real

Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 1:16 p.m.

Wonder if she will ride elephants while she is there? Or will it just be work - yes for sure - just work.

Superior Twp voter

Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 6 a.m.

I'll try again..... Ms. Coleman, Please advise after your trip to / from India if you had any armed escort(s). You have been clear about your thoughts about "guns" here in your USA. Enlighten us how your gun thoughts work abroad, please.


Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 7:18 p.m.

When the U.S. leaves Afghanistan, Pakistan will start eyeing India. Both adversarial nuclear powers With the China advantage fading, Saudi oil drying up, Iraq oil splitting up, Syria crumbling, and Israel, Egypt, and Iran readying to mix it all up for lack of attention, perhaps India is to be our new 'best, dear old friend' in the region. Universities and their International Centers are sometimes used as advance diplomatic/corporate envoys. Or they are shooting a new Pure Michigan movie "UM dog millionaire".

Lets Get Real

Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 1:15 p.m.

We even have a local brewery who has a pub for Mary Sue to go to while she is there.


Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 6:52 p.m.

Oh! My comment was re-posted! Thank you. Perhaps it was a copyright issue? Or I just wasn't seeing things? I am so confused.


Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 6:36 p.m.

Chana? Coursera? I confess, I had to look them both up (Wikipedia). I tried to share what I found with all of you but my post was removed by for some reason. Oh well, at least I learned a few things today. Maybe I should try "investigative" reporting. lolololol ;p


Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 6:18 p.m.

I'm surprised that no one has asked the question yet. Am I the only one who had to look it up? I must have been absent from class....... Chana may refer to : Chana (Bible), alternate transliteration of Hannah, a Biblical character Chana, Illinois, an unincorporated community Chana District in Songkhla Province, southern Thailand Chickpea (Hindi and Urdu: chana) Chang'an Motors, also known as Chana, a Chinese automaker Woman with seven sons, a character in 2 Maccabees, sometimes called Chana (wikipedia)

Kellie Woodhouse

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 7:33 p.m.

Indeed. Thanks for pointing this out (and making me laugh).


Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 6:46 p.m.

It's a typo. Ghana is what was meant.

bill s

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 4:32 p.m.

I find it hard to believe that the entire junket will cost only $58k for 5 people. Maybe Mary plans on keeping costs down by taking the bus while touring this forward thinking nation.


Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 3:42 p.m.

This is absolutely the right thing for her to be doing. There is a huge untapped market in China, Brazil, India, and the Middle East for education from elite universities. In order for today's national elite universities to become / remain global elite universities they have to establish a significant presence in emerging markets through remote campuses and online education. Look at the explosive growth of Coursera in less than a year to see how fast the university educational system is going to be transformed over the next decade. If we want University of Michigan to remain the powerful economic driver it is for the state, they absolutely need to invest in this space.

Superior Twp voter

Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 5:22 a.m.

You are foobar (417)


Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 3:50 p.m.

Of course! Because India, China and Asia in general are so grossly under-represented in the present UM student body. Right.

Kellie Woodhouse

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 3:39 p.m.

Here's a link to a Detroit Free Press story that just came out about the Brazil trip. According to the Free Press, 12 people traveled to Brazil. The trip cost more than $58,000.

Lets Get Real

Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 1:12 p.m.

Could we have spent that on a couple of tuitions for students who have had to drop out because of the high cost of attending UM?


Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 4:02 p.m.

To me, it makes perfect sense for an endocrine oncology professor to go someplace where the diseases he studies are prevalent. This, however -- ""The country has seen enormous economic progress in the past 20 years and its vibrancy is palpable," Coleman said in the report. "Both the federal and state governments are investing heavily in education and in advancing science and technology, and are developing ways to move the previously disadvantaged into the middle class," -- could have been learned from a State Dept. report and then we'd have saved at least $58K.

Kellie Woodhouse

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 3:41 p.m.

From the story, it appears as the $58,000 covered costs for five people. The Free Press doesn't seem to have the cost for the other seven attendees.


Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 3:35 p.m.

Visit? How about you just stay there Mary Sue!

Dog Guy

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 2:36 p.m.

Going the distance to recruit graduate students who pay outstate tuition . . . the leader and best!


Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 3:58 p.m.

Sure, because that's where she'll be spending all her time in India...glad-handing potential graduate students.

Nicholas Urfe

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 2:19 p.m.

Too bad she can't devote so much attention to in-state students in Michigan.


Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 1:46 p.m.

"Promote the university and strengthen its 'international ties'" Obviously Job One for this poor, under-advertised, under-promoted and under recognized state university. Thank GOD we have out-of-touch elitists like Ms. Coleman to light the way to fiscal responsibility.


Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 2:05 p.m.

Yes - arrogance at it's finest!

Top Cat

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 1:37 p.m.

Here we have Part 7 of the U of M's plan to control skyrocketing tuition costs....useless junkets for the exhalted leadership.


Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 2:04 p.m.

Maybe they will plan to keep her.


Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 1:58 p.m.

I wish I could give your post 10,000 thumbs up. What an inexcusable waste of money.