A delegation of UK VCs (vice-chancellors) are in India, representing 20 leading universities, to explore opportunities of mutual interest in the higher education sector with Indian stakeholders including the government and the institutes.
The vice-chancellors’ visit is part of the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) helmed by the British Council.
Sir Steve Smith, Chair of Universities UK International said: “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.”
He continued: “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 of UK universities and the country more widely can play to achieve India’s goals in the context of the draft New Education Policy.”
UK VCs in India to facilitate UKIERI progress
The visit aims to allow the UK vice chancellors to deliberate with key Indian stakeholders from the government, universities and relevant bodied to identify and carve out areas of mutual interest in the higher education sector on both nations.
Director North of the British Council India, Tom Birtwistle said: “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.”
Earlier this year, On 23 July, Universities UK International (UUKi) and British Council India (BC) officially opened the “UKIERI Mobility Programme: Study in India”, and have targeted to offer 200 new opportunities for undergraduate students at UK universities by March 2021.
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