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UKIERI-funded Higher Education Leadership Development Programme for Administrators to train 300 participants across Indian HEIs

Kolkata, Feb 27 (UNI) The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and
the British Council on Thursday announced the launch of the UK-India Education
and Research Initiative (UKIERI)-funded Higher Education Leadership Development
Programme for Administrators.
The training for 300 participants is aimed at capacity building for senior leaders,
mid-senior level functionaries and academic faculty across Indian higher education
institutes (HEIs). It will be delivered by University Grants Commission (UGC) with
globally recognised institutional expertise and leadership excellence from the UK,
a British Council spokesperson here said.
Since 2006, UKIERI has been driving internationalisation in higher education sectors
of India and the UK by focusing on three key aspects: institutional partnerships (for
research and academics), student mobility, and leadership development (for academic
leaders). These aspects complement the focus areas of the National Education Policy
i.e. internationalisation of Indian higher education sector to prepare globally ready
professionals and institutions and improving the ranking and quality of education
governance of Indian HEIs in global university rankings.
Currently in Phase 3, the programme has already successfully delivered 1,057
institutional partnerships, 25,000 academic exchanges and 2,000 research publications
as part of its first two phases (2006-2016). Phase 3 of UKIERI focuses on three areas:
capacity building and leadership development, research innovation and partnerships
and skill development in higher education.
Speaking at the launch, Ramesh Pokhriyal, Minister of Human Resource Development,
said, “The Higher Education Leadership Development Programme for Administrators will
be a step change towards institutional reforms in Higher Education in line with the Indian government’s commitment to improve the quality of education being imparted in the
universities. The programme will enable participants with a more global outlook which in
turn supports the increasing collaboration between higher education systems both Indian
and UK governments would like to see in the future.”
He added, “UKIERI has a rich legacy of enabling these connections to flourish over the
last 14 years. It has undoubtedly helped enhance education and research work between
our two countries and we value the partnership with the UK that has been built thanks to the scheme. We are committed to carry forward the good work of UKIERI and further deepen this partnership in the future. UK is a trusted education partner for the Government of India with
a strong reputation for Higher Education globally. I’m pleased they are involved in this
programme which will serve as a stimulant for the administrators to improve their performance
and capabilities in ways which will enhance global reputation of universities in India.”
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