Education Summit: Georgetown University Talk
A U.S.-India Higher Education Summit was held at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Oct. 13, jointly hosted by the United States and Indian governments. The objective of the summit was to strengthen higher education collaboration between institutions in the United States and India.
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(Above): Indian Minister of Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal delivers remarks at the U.S.-India Higher Education Summit held at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, Oct. 13. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (seated, c) was also present along with Georgetown University president John J. DeGioia. [Photo: Phil Humnicky | Georgetown University]
A U.S.-India Higher Education Summit was held at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Oct. 13.
Jointly hosted by the United States government and the government of India, the summit was attended by 300 higher education leaders and government officials from the U.S. and India, as well as private sector leaders.
The objective of the summit was to further strengthen higher education collaboration and exchange between institutions in the United States and India through exploration of topics of mutual interest such as joint degrees, research partnerships, accreditation and quality assurance.
In addition, the summit highlighted the importance of education as a pillar of the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue and set forth goals for deepening this aspect of bilateral relationship in cooperation with the many excellent institutions of higher education in both countries.
The summit featured a roundtable discussion on U.S.-India Higher Education Cooperation, co-chaired by Assistant Secretary Ann Stock and Indian Minister of Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal. Prominent higher education and thought leaders spoke at a plenary session and in breakout sessions on topics crucial to expanding and strengthening higher education collaboration between the two countries.
“India and the United States need higher levels of collaboration, especially in education. By structured and multi-level collaboration, we can work towards helping solve many of the world’s problems,” said Sibal
The event was also addressed by Nirupama Rao, Ambassador of India to the U.S. and Karl Inderfurth, Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies, CSIS.
Sibal stated that India will emerge as the center for human resources for the world in the coming years as it reaps the benefits of the demographic dividend. He also expressed the view the there are many challenges that beset the globe and the solutions for these challenges would have to be found through research based in nations such as India that confront these challenges and also offer quality human resource for such research to be facilitated.
Sibal said that policy prescriptions in themselves do not lead to change. He said that the time has come for the U.S. to step up its collaboration with India.