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Linkages with World’s Universities

Due to Auroville’s well known ecological restoration, sustainable practices, architectural innovations and a wide range of social experiments, Auroville has been capturing the interest and imagination of people from diverse backgrounds. Interested students, researchers, and faculty members from educational institutions from India and abroad have been engaging with Auroville through internships, volunteer work, research, case studies, documentation, & hands-on work experience.

Living Routes, the non-profit study-abroad organization from the USA which had been sending university students to Auroville was one of the first groups to embrace the potential of Auroville as an educational campus and to consistently act on it. The semester programme at Auroville was hugely popular, and Living Routes had run courses continuously in Auroville for two semesters each year without a break from 1998 to 2013. Even though Living Routes closed down in 2014, Auroville was already well established as a destination for students from across the world.

In recent times, there has been a growing trend of universities and other educational institutions carrying out regular learning engagements with Auroville.

Some of the notable institutions which have been recently collaborating with Auroville are:

  1. Queen's University, Canada
  2. American University of Paris (AUP)
  3. CEPT, Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad
  4. Film and Television Institute of India, Pune
  5. Aurouniversity, Surat
  6. Himalyan Institute of Alternatives Ladakh
  7. Swaraj University, Udaipur
  8. Pondicherry University
  9. American University of Paris, USA-France
  10. California Institute of Integral Studies, USA
  11. Institute of Noetic Sciences, IONS
  12. Living Routes, University of Massachusetts, USA
  13. SIT Graduate Institute, Washington, USA
  14. University de Montpellier, France
  15. University of IOWA, USA
  16. University of Washington, USA
  17. University-College of Brussels (HUB), Belgium
  18. Vestoppland Folk Highschool, Norway
  19. Antioch New England graduate school (AUNE), USA
  20. Indian Council of Architects
  21. Madurai Kamaraj University

Besides, students from several Universities write their thesis on Auroville. Some of those research papers can be found here.

At present we are collecting information on various universities that are already engaging with Auroville and this page will be updated soon with more information.