Associated Press

URBANA, Ill. (AP) – University of Illinois officials are re-evaluating the institution’s international strategy because of uncertainty over the state budget, shelving a planned office in India.

Interim Provost Edward Feser said the India office was gearing up for its formal opening last October. The campus decided to put the project on hold as it looked for ways to offset a huge drop in state funding. The move freed up $107,500 for the 2016 fiscal year.

“India is very important to us, both for our recruitment of students and our research. Putting our expanded presence in India on hold does not necessarily mean we’ve abandoned our efforts there,” Feser said.

The school still maintains a representative in New Delhi to interact with the government, maintain a fundraising account and create connections in the community, said university Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Walter Knorr.

Despite the move, the university continues to operate an office in Shanghai, China, which opened in 2013 with two employees. The News-Gazette ( ) reports that the school has more than 5,000 graduate and undergraduate students from China.

“This year, we’re putting together a comprehensive globalization stra- tegy and we’ll revisit how best to manage our footprint and opportunities in India, as well as other locations around the world, in light of our financial resources, priorities and mission,” he said.

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