New Delhi, September 03: A delegation of vice-chancellors of twenty top universities in the United Kingdom is in Delhi for exploring opportunities of mutual interest in the higher education sector with Indian stakeholders. These also include the government and the institutions. The visit is part of a higher education-focused bilateral programme, UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI), which is managed by the British Council.
UK Universities identifying priorities for future alliance
“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, has been quoted as saying to a national daily.
“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 told a news daily.
The visit is aimed at allowing the UK vice-chancellors to deliberate with key Indian stakeholders from the government, universities and relevant bodies for identifying and carving out domains of mutual interest in the higher education sector in both nations.
“UKIERI is India’s first bilateral research programme that enables Indian and UK governments, and their universities, to work closely in the areas of higher education that matter most to them. 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 told the media.
About UK-India Education and Research Initiative
Started in April 2006, UKIERI was established with the goal to improve educational linkages between India and the UK. UKIERI has been recognized as a key multi-stakeholder programme since then. It has enhanced the research, leadership, education and skill sector relations between the two countries. It aims at bilateral and mutual benefits of the learners, researchers, scholars, etc.