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Queen’s partners with international charity to provide new educational opportunities

Queen’s University has signed a long-term agreement with The Karta Initiative, which will enable talented, low-income youth from rural India to study at Queen’s.

The Karta Initiative works to transform the futures of students from developing and emerging economies. The global initiative runs an on-the-ground access program for students in rural India – providing career exposure, skill development and community building – as well as powering Karta Connect, their online learning platform.

“We look forward to welcoming Karta scholars to Queen’s and we are committed to supporting their success,'' says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs. “This partnership is part of our wide-ranging efforts to promote increased access to Queen’s for youth across Canada and around the world.”

Karta scholars will be connected to staff in the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC), who will provide information and guidance throughout their studies about programs and services, including peer mentoring, academic advising, experiential learning opportunities, and social activities.

The Karta Initiative, in partnership with Queen’s, will support up to five academically-eligible Karta Scholars each year across a range of undergraduate programs. The first Karta Scholar will begin studying at Queen’s this fall.

“Talent exists everywhere, but opportunity is not equally available,” says Karta Initiative Founder and Trustee Ranjita Rajan. “The Karta Initiative is pleased to be working with Queen’s University to advance our joint mission: bridging the divide between under-resourced youth and leading educational and professional opportunity. These Scholars are lodestars who impact and uplift entire communities.”

 The agreement will be in effect through to August 2033.