In order to seek opportunities in the higher education sector with the Indian government and future collaborations with stakeholders and institutes, Vice Chancellors from top 20 universities in the United Kingdom are on a visit to New Delhi.
Steered by the British Council, the meeting is part of a higher education-focused bilateral programme – UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI).
“Through the VC delegation, UK Universities aim to work closely with Indian stakeholders in the higher education sector to further strengthen the relationship and identify shared priorities for future collaboration,” Sir Steve Smith, Chair, Universities UK International said.
“We aim to closely understand the vision and priority areas of the Indian central government, state governments and the higher education institutes to assess the role UK universities and the country more widely can play to achieve India’s goals in the context of the draft New Education Policy,” he said.
Also, in order to bring out areas of mutual interest, the visit also marks the deliberation of the UK Chancellors with key Indian stakeholders from the government, universities and relevant bodies.
“The internationalisation agenda is critical to both nations and the delegation’s discussions with the Indian stakeholders will focus on outcomes related to three key areas – internationalisation of higher education institutions, research collaborations and student mobility in both directions between our countries,” Director North, British Council India”, Tom Birtwistle said.
UKIERI is India’s first bilateral research programme that enable the governments of both the countries and their universities, to work hand in hand in the higher education segment.