US educational mission to visit India to strengthen bilateral academic ties

On the heels of the United States issuing a record 82,000 visas to Indian students this summer, a U.S. Department of Commerce education trade mission is arriving in India next week to further strengthen academic relations between the two countries, said a senior official. here Friday.

US institutions of higher education (HEIs) will explore partnerships with India’s education sector during delegation visits to Mumbai, Bangalore and New Delhi from September 12-16.

The delegation will include representatives from 21 American HEIs from 15 US States who will travel to the three major Indian cities, in the context of India’s New Education Policy-2020.

The development is seen as significant with the US mission in New Delhi and consulates in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad issuing visas to more than 82,000 Indian students for this summer.

Officials said Indian students make up almost 20% of all foreign scholars pursuing studies at various levels in the United States.

“American schools are very interested in learning more about the tremendous opportunities that exist in India…This program will help them develop their understanding of the sector and how best to partner and collaborate with Indian institutions,” said said Mike Hankey, US Consul. -General in Mumbai.

He added that the theme of the next trade mission would be to “identify and promote” avenues of collaboration between the HEIs of the two countries.

India’s NEP-2020 laid out an aggressive plan to revamp and expand that country’s higher education system, including giving a boost to research, experiential learning and research. internationalization of programs.

“US HEIs bring a wealth of experience in these areas and have developed best practices that can help India achieve its goals. Three education technology and service providers are joining the program who wish to bring their world-class capabilities here,” Hankey said.

Program participants will participate in expert meetings with Indian HEIs, student recruitment agents, and other stakeholders to learn first-hand what India needs most.

There will be in-person student fairs on September 12 (Mumbai) and September 15 (New Delhi) as part of the program.

The delegation will also call on state and central government leaders, education regulators, business executives, etc., and listen to their views on the needs of the Indian economy and potential solutions that HEIs Americans can offer.

For two days in Mumbai, the delegation will organize a student fair and B2B meetings, participate in Indian university campus tours and site visits, for one day in Bangalore (September 14), it will participate in campus visits and B2B meetings, and for two days in New Delhi, there will be campus tours and a meeting at the US Embassy.

–IANS

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