Deepti Nijhawan

Director, Special Projects
Global Programs

As Director of Special Projects, Deepti Nijhawan will identify, develop and oversee new projects that further the globalization efforts of Boston University. She will work closely with the Vice President and Associate Provost for Global Programs, senior Global Programs leadership and/or other University collaborators, to implement and maintain unique projects that promote BU’s global strategy.

Deepti has worked in the field of global higher education for 12 years, at BU as Director of India Initiatives where she supported the VP/AP in leading the University’s India efforts, and at MIT as Managing Director of the MIT-India Program, where she managed partnerships with Indian corporations, academic, and NGOs, and placed students in carefully tailored internships. She also managed grants, hosted a vibrant lecture series on campus, and as an Instructor at MIT’s Edgerton Center, taught an introductory seminar course on Urban Planning. For her leadership role at MIT’s MISTI program, she was awarded the Infinite Mile Award as a “Great Innovator”. She has presented at several education conferences including at BU, University of Rhode Island and University of Alberta, Canada. She currently serves as an Advisory Board Member of the City Planning & Urban Affairs Program at BU’s Metropolitan College.

Previously, Deepti was an urban planner, first at the Boston Redevelopment Authority where she worked on waterfront projects and received an Outstanding Service Award, and then at the Cambridge Housing Authority where she managed several state and federally funded projects. She holds two Master’s degrees in City Planning and Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Delhi University School of Planning and Architecture.

Deepti is deeply committed to Arts education and currently serves as a visiting committee member of the Boston MFA’s Art of Asia, Oceania and Africa.