Technology, innovation and talent will define countries in future discourse, says Foreign Minister Dr S. Jaishankar in message to diplomatic conclave

No less than 175 high-level ambassadors and diplomats from 130 countries gathered on one platform and deliberated on global issues, including exploring avenues for the internationalization of higher education, improving higher education standards in India as well as in participating countries, and the challenges of international collaborations in higher education.

The idea of ​​global partnerships endorsing the Prime Minister by Narendra Modi vision on the internationalization of education, which is the theme of the diplomatic conclave, aroused immense echo at the international level, as confirmed by the presence of ambassadors and senior diplomats from 130 countries, who attended the first diplomatic conclave of its kind organized on Friday at Sushma Swaraj Bhavan, New Delhi.

Union Foreign Minister Dr S. Jaishankar addressed the Conclave virtually while Foreign Secretary Shri Harsh Vardhan Shringla was the main guest of the Conclave’s farewell session. Chancellor of Chandigarh University, Satnam Singh Sandhu, and senior officials from the Foreign Ministry were also present.

During the conclave’s farewell session, Union Foreign Minister Dr S. Jaishankar noted that the quest for education has long mobilized students, both Indians visiting from countries other than foreign students studying in India.

“Over one million Indian students study abroad. And in doing so, they have laid the foundation for strong relationships in many geographic regions. This is complemented by a long tradition of international students studying in India, currently around 50,000 students from 164 nations. The challenge today is to re-imagine this two-way interaction and make it work better for the world as a whole, ”the minister said in a special video message to ambassadors and diplomats.

“The nature of power is changing, as is the architecture of the world. Countries will increasingly be defined by technology, innovation, ideas and talent. It is their centrality that should be the subject of more emphasis. great global speech. I believe that today’s event is a step in this direction, and will help to promote and foster greater international cooperation, ”said the Minister.

In his remarks, Shri Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Minister of Foreign Affairs, who was the main guest of the farewell session, said: “A more diverse and enriching exchange of ideas, creativity and knowledge is indispensable if we we are fighting for a multicultural and democratic environment. world. As a state of civilization, India has a particular interest in ensuring this exchange.

“I am happy that the University of Chandigarh and its chancellor Satnam Singh Sandhu took the initiative to organize this diplomatic Conclave in order to strengthen india growing position in the world of higher education, ”he added.

The conclave also featured in-depth deliberations between Ambassadors divided into different groups on exploring avenues of internationalization of higher education, improving standards of higher education in India as well as in participating countries, and the challenges of international collaborations in higher education.

Carlos Pereira Marques, Ambassador of Portugal to India, recognized india ability to offer higher education in English at a fraction of the cost of industrialized countries, combined with its physical proximity to regions teeming with applicants for higher education.

India has a huge unmet demand for high quality higher education. It needs to look beyond IITs and IIMs, and make efforts to brand other quality higher education institutions. Foreign institutions see a tremendous opportunity for lucrative growth in the Indian market. There is now a need to design a mechanism for a common program and research, in addition to the recognition of credentials regarding academic studies, ”said Marques.

Wael Hamid, Ambassador of Egypt in India noted that the world has indeed become a global village and the importance of internationalization should be made aware of students.

“To bring the participating countries together, universities need to put more emphasis on cultural diversity to get to know each other better. There is a need to introduce multidimensional and multicultural collaborative facilities using physical mobility as the quality initiative program and teacher exchange programs. Universities must exchange resources for knowledge sharing, ”he said.

Abdulrahman Algaoud, from Bahrain ambassador to India, said higher education institutions should be encouraged to become a catalyst for the sustainable development of the country.

“Universities and nations must work together to acquire global skills and multicultural skills for mutual benefit. If a university can engage students in current issues through video content, that content can be shared with other countries and the certificate can be awarded and standards can be set. A degree can be awarded in conjunction with a legislative framework that enables a student to acquire knowledge in a collaborative manner. Emphasis should be on the research culture to solve the problem. social and industrial problem in the participating countries, “he said.

Speaking on the challenges of international collaborations in higher education, GKG Sarath Godakanda, Minister Counselor, High Commission of Sri Lanka said there is a need to ensure that education policies in both countries are implemented effectively. There is a big problem in research and innovation where memoranda of understanding have to be signed between universities to try to exchange resources.

“The issues related to immigration procedures for student mobility and international faculty mobility need to be resolved. There are language challenges when other students come to India. With non-English speaking countries, a credible approach to accreditation is needed. In addition, the elements of living conditions and education and the whole system need to be looked at in a more holistic context, ”he said.

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Shirlene J. Manley