Mayor Gavin Newsom says his trip to Bangalore, India, has offered a “wake-up call” about public education in the United States.
Newsom is visiting the San Francisco sister city through Wednesday, reportedly meeting with business leaders and government officials while there in order to strengthen ties.
On Monday, the mayor signed seven memorandums of understanding agreements with Bangalore that are meant to establish tangible ways the cities can offer each other assistance and expertise, the Mayor’s Office said.
The seven MOUs “relate to arts and culture, trade and business, education and research, fashion technology, theater, health care and the environment,” the Mayor’s Office said.
Newsom on Monday also visited the Indian Institute of Science and chatted with institute officials about the potential of a future MOU agreement in the area of education and research, the Mayor’s Office said.
During the visit, he discussed comparisons between the educational systems in India and the U.S., it said.
Newsom called the visit “a wake up call” in a post on his Twitter page.
“We better get our act together in public education-math/science,” his post said.
The Institute was established in 1909 and is considered a leading Science and Engineering Institute in India. The IISC is also the headquarters for India’s space program, the Mayor’s Office said.
Bangalore is The City’s 15th Sister City – and the first created under Mayor Newsom's administration. The two cities are considered leaders in biotechnology, medical technology and digital technology, and maintain major cultural, business and education centers, the Mayor’s Office said.
Bangalore is home to 6 million people and is known throughout the world as the “Silicon Valley of India,” it said.