Arrivals and lunch
Keynote Address: Indian State Higher Education Minister
Panel discussion: Where is UK higher education headed in the coming decade?A shift in European research funding, a move from Erasmus to the Turing Scheme, widespread university strikes, Covid impacting learning experiences for students, and a huge increase in Indian students coming to the UK to study post-Covid despite a disconnect between the Home Office and other government departments. These are just some of the trends that have defined UK higher education over the last couple of years. What will the next decade bring? With an audience made up of both international and domestic educators, this session gives us the opportunity to discuss how the UK sees the evolution of its higher sector, and how it is perceived from the outside in.
Director, Universities UK International
Chief Global Affairs Officer, Times Higher Education
Panel discussion: The evolution of India’s higher education sectorFormer Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu wrote recently that the University Grants Commission’s encouragement of governors and chief ministers across the country for the promotion of mother tongue education in colleges and universities is welcome. In a survey conducted by the vocational education regulator, AICTE, in February 2022, 44% of over 83,000 students surveyed voted in favour of studying engineering in their mother tongue. At the same time, business leaders and the Prime Minister has insisted that future education be industry-orientated, with a focused on employability. Other parts of the new National Education Policy also recognise this internationalisation, with an Indian flavour. India announced new regulations allowing foreign universities and educational institutions to open offshore campuses and repatriate profits in a range of courses, with the Australian government being at the forefront of a broad-ranging agreement with India to take advantage of this. This session aims to hear directly from higher education leaders from India and working with India on the opportunities the massive market opens up, and whether the National Education Policy will succeed in its aims.
Country Director, British Council India
Founder and Chairman, ATMC Australia
Keynote Address: Indian State Education Official
UK-India collaborationAs we will have heard in the earlier sessions, there is great potential for the bilateral partnership to grow. In this session, we explore case studies of UK and Indian institutions that have worked across borders and experienced success.
Vote of thanks and close
Arrivals and Drinks ReceptionWe will have 150 guests at the incredible Oxford Town Hall for a dinner celebrating education sector ties between the UK and India and recognising the most innovative universities from India.
Welcome Address and KeynoteNaimat graduated with a merit in governance, development and public policy from Sussex University this year. He was a refugee evacuated by British troops from Afghanistan when the Taliban took over, with his wife Saima and four children in August 2021 only bringing a backpack back with him. He spent four months in a hotel in London before the Home Office arranged a permanent move to Hove just before Christmas, which Sussex University helped to organise. As we celebrate global education leaders today, Naimat is an excellent example of what a student-centric, world-leading education system developed with empathy and a recognition of what makes Britain great, can achieve.
Prof. Steven McGuire
Dean, University of Sussex Business School
Former lecturer, Kabul University of Technology