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2011 U.S.-India Higher Education Summit Convenes at Georgetown University

October 6, 2011

  • The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State of the United States
  • His Excellency Kapil Sibal, Indian Minister of Human Resource Development
  • Her Excellency Nirupama Rao, Indian Ambassador to the United States
  • The Honorable Richard Celeste, Former U.S. Ambassador to India and President Emeritus of Colorado College
  • The Honorable Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education of the United States
  • Government and education leaders from the United States and India

The 2011 U.S.-India Higher Education Summit

The U.S.-India Higher Education Summit will provide a platform for government and education leaders from both countries to outline their vision for 21st century education engagement to a broad cross-section of academics, university presidents and administrators, NGO and foundation executives, and association and private-sector leaders.


8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. | Welcome and Opening Remarks (Gaston Hall)
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
Indian Minister of Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal

8:30 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. | Roundtable (Gaston Hall)
Strategic Vision and Achievable Steps
Co-chaired by Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy Anna Stock and Minister Sibal, with the participation of eight high-level U.S. and Indian officials, university and college presidents, and private sector leaders.

9:40 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. | Videos highlighting US-India exchange/partnership program (Gaston Hall)

10:20 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. | Plenary Session (Gaston Hall)
Getting Started: Foundations for Sustainable Partnerships in Teaching and Research
Discussion with full plenary moderated by university presidents and education experts from each country. Topics to be covered include elements for success in student exchange, faculty exchange, joint curriculum development, research partnerships, and university-wide initiatives.

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Luncheon Remarks (Healy Lawn)
Indian Ambassador to the United States Nirupama Rao
Former U.S. Ambassador to India and President Emeritus of Colorado College Richard Celeste

5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. | Closing Plenary and Recognitions (Gaston Hall)
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Indian Minister of Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal

For full agenda click here.

WHEN: Thursday, October 13th – see above for specific times.
WHERE: Gaston Hall (3rd floor of Healy Hall)
Georgetown University
37th & O Streets, NW
Washington, D.C. 20057
SPONSORS: The government of India and the government of the United States, hosted by Georgetown University.

Media interested in attending must RSVP to Rachel Pugh at or Emily Horne at by Wed., Oct. 12 at noon.

Press check-in begins on the first floor of Healy Hall at 5:30 a.m. Final pre-set time for video cameras is 6:15 a.m. Final access time for journalists and still photographers is 7:30 a.m.

Press will need to present valid credentials on campus. Virtual participants can watch the live interactive webcast at or

Follow the hashtag #USIndiaEd on Twitter.

Rachel Pugh
Emily Horne


Georgetown University37th and O Streets, N.W., Washington D.C. 20057(202) 687.0100

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