India’s draft New Education Policy (NEP) demonstrates a strong urge to revitalize and strengthen its institutions for higher education and innovation. The objective of the NEP is to create world-class multidisciplinary institutions across India and greatly increase enrollment. It also revives a long-stalled proposal of inviting top-ranked foreign universities to operate in India and suggests legislation will be introduced to this effect.
These efforts make for a promising outlook for Swedish Higher Education sector to collaborate with India, since the changes ought to stimulate Indian higher education and innovation capabilities. For genuine collaborative partnerships to develop between Sweden and Indian higher education providers, it is essential for both parties to engage in 2-way conversations and learn best practices from each other.
The Office of Science and Innovation in India is collaborating with the Nordic Centre in India (NCI) and counterparts from other Nordic countries to facilitate an Indo-Nordic Higher Education Summit on 31st October 2019 in New Delhi.
The objective of the summit is to introduce the Nordic and Indian representatives to their respective counterparts by providing a platform to increase interactions, encourage innovation and push for creative action in the higher education landscape.
The summit will focus on internationalization for stimulation of innovation, equality, sustainability and transformation through partnerships, digital accessibility, joint teaching and PhD programmes, research partnerships and incubators. International mobility as an instrument for sustainable transformation and cross-cultural learning, facilitated by governmental agencies levelling the playing field in supporting equity and access in internationalization will also be raised at the summit.
Nordic Centre India is an organization consisting of 19 leading universities and research institutions across the Nordic region, with the goal of facilitating cooperation between the Nordic region and India in research and higher education.
With several Swedish universities taking part in the summit, this is a good opportunity for the office to promote ‘Sweden’ as a knowledge nation in India. The overarching goal of the summit is not simply to meet and discuss, but to establish a framework of action for the benefit of all parties – a precedent for multiplying the benefit and to reuse in the future. Long-term strategic plans are essential for an effective collaboration between the regions, for which the Indo-Nordic Higher Education Summit will contribute with substantial groundwork.
Maria, Leena and Joel