FORT WAYNE - Purdue University Fort Wayne is working to expand a partnership with the Fort Wayne Sister Cities International Inc. The partners have signed a memorandum of understanding to form a consortium of universities located in Fort Wayne's sister and friendship cities. 

The partnership is expected to boost the number of educational opportunities and economic growth among all partner cities, and increase the university's presence in the international community. Similar exchanges have been established with Mawlamyine Mon State in Myanmar, Takaoka, Japan and Gera, Germany. Those alliances have seen students and faculty work on strengthening relationships between higher education and government. 

“This is a great opportunity to recognize, and build on, the excellent work that faculty and students at Purdue Fort Wayne and members of the various Sister Cities committees have already been doing to advance the notion that the local is global here in Fort Wayne,” said Shannon Bischoff, professor of linguistics and associate director of the Institute of Research and Innovation at Purdue Fort Wayne.

A delegation of university officials and representatives of Fort Wayne Sister Cities is set to travel to Myanmar in less than two weeks to sign a separate agreement between Purdue Fort Wayne and Mawalamyine University.