Scottish education makes new links with India

Scotland creating international links
Published on Thursday, 01 November 2012 16:23
Posted by Scott Buckler

External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop today announced four groundbreaking collaboration projects between leading education institutions in Scotland and India

Ms Hyslop was speaking in New Delhi at 'Innovation in Education' - a meeting of more than 40 representatives of the Indian government, academia, business and industry.

The roundtable meeting was organised by Scottish Development International in partnership with India's Planning Commission and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. It forms part of a programme of engagements Ms Hyslop is undertaking in India to strengthen cultural, education and business links between the two nations.

At the meeting, Ms Hyslop announced four innovative partnerships:

  • Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen (RGU) will work with the Maharashtra Institute of Technology School of Telecom Management (MITSOT), to host Indian postgraduate students in Scotland for part of their postgraduate diploma.
  • Dundee University will run a UK-wide work placement programme as part of the UK-India Education and Research Initiative, helping graduates to gain work experience in India.
  • Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh will run a project that will use Scottish academic expertise to support the development of sustainable community-led tourism businesses in rural India.
  • Following a successful pilot-programme in India, Scottish Investment Operations has launched the Investment Accounting Diploma, an industry made professional qualification backed by the world's largest financial institutions.

Ms Hyslop said:

"The Scottish Government views India as a key trade and investment partner and we are committed to strengthening important business, cultural and educational ties between our two nations.

"In particular, Scotland's expertise in education, financial and business services, energy and healthcare present significant opportunities for Scottish businesses trading in India – one of the world's fastest growing economies. Supporting the development of India Scotland business links forms a key component of my visit."

"These four innovative partnerships highlight Scotland's significant potential to be India's academic partner of choice."

Chief Executive of Scottish Development International, Anne MacColl, said:

"The Scottish education sector has a long standing relationship with Indian universities and companies – seven universities and higher education institutes already have a highly successful presence in India.  Today's announcements reinforce the Scottish Government and Scottish Development International's continued commitment to support education and human resource initiatives in India as part of our strategic engagement with the country's government and business community."

Mr Pawan Agarwal, Higher Education and Culture Adviser from the Planning Commission of India, said:

"We are delighted to partner with the Scottish Government and Scottish Development International in organising this workshop on Innovation in Education. The Indian Prime Minister has declared this as the decade of innovation and the key to promoting innovation is cross-learning from each-others' experiences. We at the Planning Commission are engaged in strategic thinking about education and fostering innovation by cross-learning. In this context, this partnership is important and at the heart of our work at the Planning Commission."

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