With an objective to establish a dynamic platform to foster open and constructive dialogue among key stakeholders from the realms of diplomacy, higher education, and business, Woxsen University, Hyderabad hosted an International Conclave focusing on ‘India-EU as Strategic Partners for the Future of Higher Education‘ at its campus on Jan 9. Yves Leterme, Former Prime Minister of Belgium was among a host of thought leaders, policymakers, and industry representatives, who attended the conclave to strengthen EU-India ties, catalyze collaborations, and drive positive changes in the landscape of higher education. Mr. Yves Leterme delivered a captivating Keynote address on ‘Enhancing India-European Union Bilateral Relations.’ V Prasad, Co-Chairman and MD of Dr. Reddy’s Labs and Honorary Consul General of Belgium also graced the occasion.
Yves Leterme, in his keynote said, “The EU, India, and the US are the biggest democracies in the world. The new rising power India is a democracy that protects its values while addressing the global challenges and well-balanced multinational institutions and Sustainable Development Goals agenda and Woxsen is forging a generation of future that holds these principles.”
He further added, “The first stage of EU-India cooperation is to collaborate and connect to promote good incentives and learn about each other. The connectivity partnership has decided to boost the collective efforts between the EU and India with transport as the number one priority – with some added value to invest in infrastructural links for transporting energy goods and water. The second priority is setting up an ecosystem for energy consumption. We need a lot of innovation and investment to use the resources efficiently. The third is the digital domain. We must join forces in the digital world because the EU needs natural resources in free market competition. EU and India cooperation can promote Indian unicorns and build more competition in the digital world using cutting-edge technology. The fourth domain is person-to-person cooperation, which is the importance of education exchange and tourism. We are demanding well-educated, skilled people from good management schools in India. India and the EU should deepen their cooperation in geopolitical terms as well. Together, we need to resolve issues. We must resume free trade, investment protection, and agreement on geopolitical issues.”
Prasad in his remarks highlighted that the foundation of a solid educational and research system is still something in which we must invest. “Our founding fathers institutionalized good technical institutes and universities. But beyond the public universities, it was not easy for the private sector to set up institutes like this and recreate the history of India with world-class facilities at low fee structure and cost-effectiveness. Research is the other thing. We must also ensure that we fund research in Indian institutions. Nurtured innovation, entrepreneurship, and research are the key driving forces to meet India’s grand ambition. We need hundreds of universities like this. We need cutting-edge research and discipline to move the country forward into the nation’s development. I could see Woxsen bringing all of these and more to life at the University,” he added.
A Plenary Session on ‘Internationalization of Higher Education: Reflections on Present and the Road Ahead’ another highlight of the conclave. The speakers of the session included Dr. Shankar S. Mantha, Former Chairman, AICTE; Dr. Suman K. Mukherjee, Economist & Management Consultant; G.V. Prasad, Co-chairman and MD, Dr. Reddy’s Labs; Yves Leterme, Former Prime Minister of Belgium; Dr. Raul V. Rodriguez, Vice-President, Woxsen University. Representatives from the US Consulate Hyderabad, the Embassy of the Netherlands, the Government of Telangana, the University of Hyderabad, IBS Hyderabad, NALSAR, NICMAR University, and IMT Hyderabad were among those who participated in the conclave.
Speaking about how Woxsen students are gearing up for global roles in digital sectors, Vishal Khurma, CEO, Woxsen University, said the world is transforming faster with new innovations & technologies coming into place. At Woxsen, we offer students, avenues for industry exposure and practical learning through high-tech labs and deep lea. This prepares them to be effective and diligent in their roles as they enter the corporate world.