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Published: Thursday, November 2, 2023, 09:39

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While the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi-Abu Dhabi will begin operations in January, plans are underway for more universities and colleges to arrive in the UAE and the opening of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) office. said a minister.

Dharmendra Pradhan, Indian Minister of Education, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, who is on a three-day official visit, noted that education and skills are among the key sectors of the strategic partnership with the UAE.

“Today, the UAE and India have a very strong relationship. We are opening an IIT in the UAE. Many prominent universities of India have already come here. More universities may come in the near future. More than 100 CBSE schools are operational in the UAE. We will soon open a CBSE office here,” he said in Abu Dhabi.

New collaboration opportunities

Pradhan met Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Education and Human Resources Council (EHRC). They exchanged views on the emerging landscape of the education sector and opportunities for closer cooperation. The ministers reviewed progress at the IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi campus, which will begin academic operation in January offering a Master’s program in Energy Transition and Sustainability.

Sheikh Abdullah highlighted the deep-rooted bilateral relations and their comprehensive strategic partnership in all sectors, underlining the desire of the two countries to strengthen and develop them in a sustainable manner.

Pradhan thanked the UAE leadership for its generosity and policies of harmony and tolerance, which have helped more than 3.5 million Indians make the UAE their second home.

Exchange programs between schools

Furthermore, Pradhan met with Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of Education. They discussed ongoing collaboration in the education sector and explored new areas of cooperation, including exchange programs between schools of two countries and the opening of campuses of elite Indian colleges and universities in the United Arab Emirates.

“We express satisfaction over the progress made with respect to mutual recognition of academic and skill qualifications, recognition of Indian institutes in the UAE, among others, and underline the need for continued work in this area,” Pradhan said and highlighted a shared vision on accelerating processes for fluid mobility of students and workforce.

MoU on mobility of students and teachers

They signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of education, which will help streamline cooperation between India and the UAE in the education sector, besides facilitating collaboration in newer areas.

“The MoU will enable India and the UAE to leverage their strengths to harness global opportunities and mutual prosperity. The MoU will pave the way for academic and research collaborations between higher education institutions of both countries, facilitate capacity building and encourage two-way mobility of students and faculty,” Pradhan said.

Cooperation on education and skills was a prominent part of the Vision Document presented by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and the President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in February last year .

IIT campus ‘example’ of friendship

Pradhan toured the temporary campus of IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi located at Zayed University and called it a “testimony of the common vision and priorities” of the leaders of both countries.

“The IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi campus marks a significant step in our efforts to internationalize Indian education.”

Pradhan reviewed the progress made on the project with Sara Musallam, Minister of State for Early Childhood Education, Chairperson of the Federal Agency for Early Education (FAEE) and Chairperson of the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK).

“The IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi campus will be an example of friendship between India and the UAE. Our discussion also focused on the support required from India to further facilitate the progress of the IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi campus, ADEK’s support to CBSE-affiliated Indian schools operating in the UAE and our plans to establish a CBSE office in Dubai. . “The UAE’s support for Indian schools has played a critical role in ensuring that Indian children in the emirates remain connected to Indian curricula and roots.”

Pradhan also visited 42 Abu Dhabi, the innovative and disruptive coding school, where he was briefed on the institute’s disruptive learning system.

As part of the community engagement, Pradhan participated in an event at the embassy and interacted with expatriates, particularly the Odia community. The minister also interacted with students of Abu Dhabi Indian School.

“These students are future global citizens and ambassadors of India and its civilizational spirit,” the minister added.

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