First India-New Zealand Education Council meeting

In the First meeting of the India-New Zealand Council meeting on 19OCT12, both countries expressed their commitment to earmark US $ 1 million annually to enhance the cooperative activities through specific programmes designed by the Council.

The programmes will include joint research, student mobility, faculty development, qualifications framework as well as vocational education and training, among others.

In addition, six MoUs of cooperation between different institutions were also signed on during the meeting.

1.         MoU between the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Government of the Republic of India and Sport New Zealand of the Government of New Zealand on Cooperation in the field of Sports. The objectives of this MoU are to encourage and promote an exchange of programmes, experiences, skills, techniques, information and knowledge.

2.         Educational Partnership Agreement between University of Delhi, India and Massy University New Zealand. The MoU covers the following activities:-

  • Joint teaching ( Including online, blended and distance education)
  • Joint Quality Enhancement( Including benchmarking and academic development)
  • Exchange of publications , academic material and other information
  • Exchange of students
  • Student study abroad

3.     Memorandum of collaboration between Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), India and the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. Objectives of the partnership are:

  • To establish a network of partnership for vocational education through distance education
  • Sharing of experiences through communication of faculty
  • Develop strategies for design development and implementation of Under Graduate and Post graduate programmes with entry and exit point.
  • Develop joint R&D project collaborations
  • Create avenues for ICT enabled education
  • Establish interface learner space

4.     MoU between Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand and Jawaharlal Nehru University of India. Objectives of the partnership are:

  • Exchange of faculty members
  • Exchange of students
  • Joint Research activities
  • Participation in seminars and academic meetings
  • Exchange of academic material and other information
  • Special short term academic programmes
  • Exchange of Administrative managers/coordinators
  • Joint Cultural Programmes

5.   MoU between Waiariki Institute of Technology of New Zealand and Punjab Technical University, India. The principal objectives of this agreement include:

  • Developing opportunities for fee paying  students to pathway onto Waiariki qualifications and/or obtain credit for courses towards a qualification at the Punjab Technical University
  • Establishing a long-term harmonious relationship that will enhance such outcomes.
  • Acting collaboratively in their interactions.
  • Joint development of Sports management  major in Management/Business Degree
  • Explore the option of upgrading one of Punjab Technical University’s Institute of technology as per  New Zealand Industrial Trade Partner standard and joint delivery of vocational programmes in conjunction with other ITPs of New Zealand

6.  Educational Partnership Agreement/MOU between University of Delhi, India and Lincoln University/Asia-Pacific Football Academy has already been signed.

Shri Kapil Sibal, Union Minister of Human Resource Development and Hon. Steven Joyce, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, New Zealand co-chaired the first meeting


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