India’s push for internationalization under the National Education Policy by exploring new opportunities has been responded to by various foreign universities in Australia and the United Kingdom.
A large delegation of higher education leaders from the UK comprising representatives from the Universities UK International, Department for International Trade and Department of Education is on a visit to India to meet the Indian officials from 10 Indian states to discuss partnerships and collaborations that meet the vision of NEP for the internationalization of higher education institutions.
The Joint Secretary of the University Grants Commission stated that the focus of the meeting was on increasing the two-way mobility of the students and faculty as well as the mobility of institutions between the two nations.
The UK higher education institutions are invited to work with their Indian counterparts to offer twinning, dual degree and joint degree programs as well as exploring the option of setting up campuses in the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT).
GIFT city is also looking to welcome foreign universities to India’s only operational international financial services centre in Gandhinagar and recognize courses offered by foreign universities in financial management, fintech, engineering, science, technology and mathematics in the IFSC as financial services.
A steady stream of interest is received from well-established foreign universities and the ecosystem of GIFT IFSC and the adjacent knowledge corridor makes it a more compelling case. The financial centre is also in talks with universities from places such as Australia, Singapore, the US and the UK for offering courses from the IFSC.
The University of Queensland is planning a Senior Executive Mission to New Delhi in August which will be the first since 2019. The program is yet to be finalized but the meetings have been requested to discuss opportunities including increased student mobility and collaboration between the two countries.
The mission will visit the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi with which the UQ has had an ongoing partnership in relation to joint PhDs since 2019. Currently, the flagship partnership has 85 enrolled students undertaking research in multidisciplinary areas. The invitation for its eighth intake will be commencing from July 2022 with 42 projects currently advertised.
The internationalization push under NEP and other factors have necessitated further exploration by foreign universities. The spokesperson of Deakin University stated that they have not been approached yet by the Indian government but the talks are going on with the UGC about various aspects of higher education and internationalization of higher education in line with NEP.
Also, bilateral education exchange is being discussed in light of the Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement signed between the two countries. The basic focus is also to build transnational partnerships with premier institutes in India.
The UK-India Roadmap 2030 has provided a framework for bilateral relations across several key areas such as migration and mobility partnership which will seek to agree on mutual recognition of higher education qualifications and facilitate two-way mobility of teachers, students and professionals.
Foreign Universities are, however, still not committed to setting up campuses in India but more delegations of higher education experts are expected to visit the country to explore the various possibilities accorded by the NEP.