Education and economic development: engaging the new India4 December 2008 - 10:45
India has experienced exceptional levels of economic growth resulting in rapid change, increased foreign investment, greater employment opportunities, and heightened demand for education at all levels. In addition, for higher education and research, new international partnerships - covering research co-operation, joint degree delivery, student and staff exchanges and professional programme development - are in demand.
Within a new five-year plan the Indian government has made a commitment to significantly increase funding allocations to education, and to develop a large number of high-quality higher education institutions across India.
What are the implications of the changes and new strategies? What might be the implications for foreign institutions and foreign partnerships? What might we learn from previous experiences? This session will seek to provide delegates with a clear understanding of the economic, educational and political context for the new developments and also the implications for India, its people and the international community.
In addition the session will present experiences to date of delivering the innovative UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI), a