A Mumbai-based institution offering management course has just completed the formalities involving the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with one of the most prestigious institutions from the United Kingdom, King’s College London. This MoU has been signed with the aim of facilitating student exchange between India and the United Kingdom. The MoU was signed by the Dean of the Indian School of Management and Entrepreneurship, Mumbai and former Sherrif of Mumbai Dr. Indu Shahani along with Dr. Joanna Newman MBE FRSA who is the International Vice-Principal for King’s College London.
How it is being done
Dr. Joanna Newman stated that this MoU would work in essence to increase the level of cooperation between King’s College and the Mumbai-based Institute which would in turn facilitate students to get involved with the institutions’ design, business and entrepreneurial focuses and ideas.
She went on to express a desire to bring students from King’s College to Mumbai to involve themselves at the institution and learn from their programmes as well as send students from ISME to King’s in return. She felt that this programme of student exchange would be very beneficial as there was a lot to learn for students from both institutions from their counterparts. She felt that the Mumbai-based institution operated in a very vibrant and constantly changing environment which would lend itself brilliantly to this programme. She felt that King’s itself had a very ambitious entrepreneurship institute which was situated in what is perhaps the world’s most global city, London.
G P Hinduja, the Co Chairman of the Hinduja Group, who spoke at the reception said that this work which is being contributed by the Hinduja Foundation is primarily to promote education in India as well as the contribution towards promoting greater cooperation between India and the UK in the field of higher learning.
The High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom, Y K Sinha stated that the nations of India and the UK have had various successful collaborations across diverse fields. Education has been one particular field where this collaboration has been very vibrant and successful. He noted that India had recently also set up forty skill development institutions across the country, and it is in this field where the United Kingdom could be very helpful to the developing nation.
There was a delegation consisting of 38 educationalists from India who were led by Dr Sahani. This collaboration is also only one of many more which are coming in from down the pipeline. Among the dignitaries present at the gathering were none other than Lord Raj Loomba, Lord Hameed and Baroness Sandy Verma. The Hinduja Foundation had been instrumental in hosting a reception for the delegation of these Principals of Universities as well as Head Teachers from Schools across India.
In attendance of this reception were Vice Chancellors and Heads of Departments representing several universities from the United Kingdom. These included the heads from City University, the London School of Economics, American University in London, University of Southampton and Richmond, UCL, University of Edinburgh, University of East London, University of Oxford, University of Westminster among several others. The event was considered a grand success.