University of Regina and Karunya University sign MOU on Kinesiology Degree

News Release Release Date: June 7, 2011 12:00 p.m.

The University of Regina and Karunya University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will allow up to 30 Indian students a year to earn a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree (B.Kin). It is the first Bachelor of Kinesiology degree to be offered in India. Karunya University will deliver the first two years of the program, and students will then attend the University of Regina for the final two years of the program.

The idea for the partnership came about as a result of a trip University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Vianne Timmons made to India last fall.

"I am absolutely delighted to see this agreement come to fruition so quickly," said Timmons. "It fits very nicely with our strategic plan, which includes a focus on further internationalizing the University. I look forward to welcoming the first group of Indian students to the University of Regina in the fall of 2013."

Kinesiology is the study of human movement and performance. Two majors within the Bachelor of Kinesiology will be offered initially for Karunya University students – Human Kinetics and Gerontology. The Human Kinetics major will prepare students to work in the areas of physical fitness appraisal. Graduates in Gerontology will take an "active health" approach to anticipating the needs of an aging population.

"This is a very exciting development," said Dr. Craig Chamberlin, Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina. "We are honoured and privileged to be part of this ground breaking announcement. The University of Regina has a well- established history in Kinesiology, and the field of Gerontology is an especially important one, given the demographic shift to an older population in both Canada and India."

The Bachelor of Kinesiology program requires the completion of 20 credit hours (40 courses) in core, major and field work.

"Karunya means compassion, and human health has been identified as one of the thrust areas of Karunya University," said Karunya University Vice-Chancellor Dr. Paul Appasamy. "The Bachelor of Kinesiology program offered through the University of Regina will be the first degree program that Karunya will offer in the field of Allied Health Sciences. We hope to link this program with work at our community hospital and the senior citizens home located on our campus. We also hope to offer other degree programs in collaboration with the University of Regina in the future."

The University of Regina was founded in 1911, and is currently home to more than 13,000 part-time and full-time students and 1,500 faculty and staff.