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48 international universities have expressed interest in participating in the UGC’s twinning initiative

48 international universities have expressed interest in participating in the UGC’s twinning initiative

The University Grants Commission’s (UGC) new rules and guidelines for twinning, joint degree, and dual degree programs between Indian and foreign universities responded from 48 foreign universities.

Indian universities can work with their counterparts in other countries to offer joint, twinning, or dual degrees. The UGC announced the rules for this. Next week, the chairperson, Jagadesh Kumar, will meet with ambassadors, starting with one from Australia, to talk more about possible partnerships and twinned relationships.

Key Highlight:

  • UGC’s twinning initiative has 48 international universities: 48 foreign universities replied to UGC’s new regulations and guidelines for twinning, joint degree, and dual degree programs between Indian and foreign universities.
  • Deakin University, Australia, told India’s higher education body that the National Education Strategy (NEP) 2020 is a progressive policy that will allow it to create new partnerships with Indian institutions.
  • Australia’s University of Queensland will meet with UGC officials in August to discuss a future partnership, and a French university has committed to opening a satellite center in India.
  • In its answer to UGC, the University of Tokyo said the concept is appealing and should be shared by all Japanese universities and institutes.
  • Last week, University of Manchester officials visiting India suggested a meeting with the UGC head “to discuss UGC Policy and twinning arrangements.”

Forty-eight universities from other countries were interested in UGC’s twinning program. Forty-eight foreign universities responded to the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) new rules and guidelines for twinning, joint degree, and dual degree programs between Indian and foreign universities. This helped the government’s efforts to make Indian higher education more open to the world.

The University of Glasgow, which is in Scotland, wanted to talk about the possibility of academic collaboration. In Australia, Deakin University told India’s higher education regulator that the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 is a forward-thinking policy that would help the university make new connections with Indian institutions. When UGC reached out to higher education institutions, many of them said they were interested in setting up satellite campuses in India.

In April 2020, the UGC announced its rules for Indian universities that want to work with universities from other countries to offer joint, twinning, or dual degrees. According to the rules, students will be able to get two degrees simultaneously, one from an Indian university and one from a foreign university.

Queensland University, Australia, is meeting with UGC officials in August to talk about the possibility of working together. UGC sources say that a French university has agreed to set up a satellite center in India soon. In its response to UGC, the University of Tokyo said that the proposal is interesting and shouldn’t just be limited to it. Instead, it should be something that all universities and institutions in Japan are interested in.

The University of Cambridge also wrote to UGC to say that it has been following the “NEP with great interest” and is looking for new partnerships along with the ones it already has.

The head of the UGC, Jagadesh Kumar, will meet with ambassadors, starting with one from Australia next week, to continue the talks. “Recently, the prime ministers of India and Australia have talked a lot. “One of the important things to talk about is education,” said Kumar.

Bangor University, which is in Wales, said that now is a good time for more partnerships. SOAS University of London said that it looks forward to working with other groups in line with the new rules. While University of Manchester officials were in India this week, they asked to meet with the head of the UGC “to talk about UGC policy and support for twinning arrangements.”

Universitat Jena in Germany and Durban University of Technology in South Africa, among other places, gave similar answers.

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