UK-India/September 19, 2023/Source: https://www.indiatoday.in/
A delegation of UK university representatives is in India aiming to foster internationalisation through partnerships, dual degrees, and research collaborations in the higher education sector.
In what is the largest delegation of its kind, representatives from 31 UK universities and education leaders are in India to discuss the future of Transnational Education (TNE).
This follows a year of conversations with the Indian education system, which has seen significant reforms and an increased focus on global collaborations for learning and innovation.
DELEGATION ARRIVED ON A FIVE-DAY VISIT
The delegation, coordinated by the Department for Business and Trade (DBT), arrived in the country’s capital on September 12.
Coordinated by the Department for Business and Trade, the delegation will meet with stakeholders from various Indian universities, as well as state and central government bodies across Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Chennai.
The goal of this five-day visit is to internationalise higher education institutions through the expansion of partnerships, offering dual degrees and fostering research collaborations.
“The Indian education system is rapidly opening new opportunities for partnerships,” said Steve Smith, the UK Government’s International Education Champion.
“We are here to further the conversations started last year and lay foundations of [..] impactful collaborations that will build capacity of young people to solve global challenges, realise their potential and create valuable new knowledge for humanity,” he added.
THE INDIA-UK HIGHER EDUCATION CONFERENCE
Members of the delegation will attend the India-UK Higher Education Conference, aiming to promote India-UK partnerships in science, research, and innovation.
“The India-UK Higher Education Conference will serve as an opportunity to build upon the constructive discussions and initiatives from last year,” said Alison Barrett MBE, Director India, British Council.
The proceedings will also include delegates from NAAC, UGC, DST, AIU, and about 50 vice-chancellors and senior leaders of Indian universities.
GOING GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS AND MUTUAL RECOGNITION OF QUALIFICATIONS
The discussions at the conference will focus on the TNE and the scope and opportunities presented by the Mutual Recognition of Qualifications (MRQs).
They will also discuss the Going Global Partnerships, a programme focused on TNE collaborations. “This year we will be announcing the industry-academia grants which will support […] course development that will enhance the capacity to create future-ready, job-ready graduates,” added Barrett.
This substantial delegation from the UK highlights the ongoing and increasing importance of global collaborations in higher education. As India’s education system continues to reform and create new opportunities, the UK appears eager to foster and continue these mutual beneficial partnerships.
(With PTI inputs)