FICCI Higher Education Summit 2016 starts

Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated the FICCI Higher Education Summit 2016 on the theme ‘Education for Tomorrow: Learn in India-Learn for the World’ yesterday.

The three-day global conference and exhibition will also be addressed by Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry Rita Teaotia, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, Martine Reicherts, Director General, EU, Education and Culture; Harshavardhan Neotia, President, FICCI and Dr Rajan Saxena, Chairman, FICCI Higher Education Committee.

More than 1,000 delegates from India and abroad and post graduate students from universities across NCR region are participating in the conference.

ficci higher education summitAn 80-member delegation from Andhra Pradesh is being led by Naidu to the summit as the state is partnering with FICCI. MoUs will be exchanged between the two to further augment the sector.

Higher education in Andhra Pradesh has focused on strengthening state universities; establishing premier national institutes and attracting private sector investments into higher education sector, among other reforms.

Around 200 foreign delegates from 55 countries from Africa, CIS region, Middle East, Central Asia, SAARC, SE Asia and North America will be present at the summit.

A 50-member delegation from the EU led by Director General Education and Culture is partnering with the summit. Member delegations from Israel, Turkey, Taiwan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Indonesia and Tajikistan are also actively participating.

The summit theme has been carefully crafted to deliberate on the roadmap that would benefit not just India but the world.

With over 720 Universities and 31 million students (2013), India boasts of having the largest Higher Education system in the world in terms of the number institutions and of being second-largest in terms of enrolment. The expo will showcase more than 100 universities from different states and countries.

Today, 300,000 Indian students study in Higher Education overseas spending INR 60,000 crores (USD 10 billion). These numbers of 300,000 will only increase as Indian becomes prosperous. If, even half of these students could be educated by foreign institutions in India or through Twining programmes between Indian and foreign institutions, it will be a big boost for our Higher Education system. These figures also imply that there is a huge opportunity for Foreign Universities to set up campuses in India.

The aim of the Summit is to give a platform for different perspectives in education and for policy deliberations. It will also help in transfer of knowledge, in exploring collaborations with domestic and foreign partners and in increasing visibility through leveraging branding opportunities through advertisement, exhibition and sponsorship.

The highlights of the conference will be focussed sessions on the policy roadmap, master classes to update issues and implications pertinent to the sector, presentations by professional/doctorate students to creatively share know how with delegates and networking lunches and dinners for informal interactions.

The summit is the best forum for exhibitors to meet, interact and showcase advanced & innovative education materials to educationists, institutions and companies. It will help them manage their institutions in a better, more effective & competitive manner. It will thus facilitate the continuous improvement of instructional teaching and learning development.

It is also an ideal stage to tap the Asian market and network across continents with educators & those from the educational supplies & training industry.

It is the perfect marketing opportunity for face-to-face interactions with vendors and creation of new channel partners.

It will also grant the unique opportunity for personal connections with colleagues and leaders from the field, for networking, for skills building by enhancing personal expertise through learning opportunities, for gaining insights into innovations and solutions for programs, to stay informed on policies and legislations affecting international education and to be an integral part of the largest and most diverse international education Exhibition and conference.

The third ‘FICCI Higher Education Awards’ will be held at Hotel Le Meridian Hotel to recognize and felicitate the achievements and excellent work done by organizations and individuals in improving the quality of higher education in India.

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