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Secretary of State Opens U.S-India Higher Ed Summit

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton is one of the first speakers at the U.S.-India Higher Education Summit, taking place today at Georgetown.

October 13, 2011 – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made opening remarks today at the U.S.-India Higher Education Summit at Georgetown.

Clinton will speak at 8 a.m. along with Kapil Sibal, Indian minister of human resource development.

The United States and Indian governments are sponsoring the event, which includes roundtables, plenary sessions and breakout sessions on topics ranging from teaching and research partnerships to student exchange programs.

Robust Role

“The United States envisions a robust role for the U.S. and Indian governments in promoting and encouraging the vibrancy and depth of the cooperation between our education sectors,” reads a State Department press release on the event. “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...”

The summit also explores ways to expand higher education engagement between the United States and India.

University participants in the summit include President John J. DeGioia; School of Foreign Service Dean Carol Lancaster; Spiros Dimolitsas, senior vice president for research; and Dr. Victoria Jennings, director of Georgetown University Medical Center's Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH).

GU-India Connections

Georgetown is rapidly expanding its ties to India. It recently awarded over $110,000 in Engaging India Grants to faculty to support the development of new projects in the South Asian country. The university has also established research links with prestigious Indian institutions such as the Indian Institute of Science.

This past September, Georgetown further deepened its links to India by signing an agreement with the Indian Council on Cultural Relations to establish a visiting professorship of Indian culture and society beginning next fall.

Other Georgetown activities with India include:

  • International Health students at the School of Nursing & Health Studies gain experience with health care issues through visits to the Vector Control Research Centre (VCRC) in Pondicherry.
  • MBA student teams complete consulting projects for Indian clients facing specific management challenges. 
  • Georgetown undergraduates study at Fergusson College in Pune through a program organized by the Alliance for Global Education.
  • Collaborations with a wide range of Indian organizations.

Global Player

DeGioia spoke last year at an Indian higher education summit in New Delhi this past November, shortly after President Obama visited India.

“We are homes to a new generation of young people who have grown up with new technologies – people more connected than any generation in history,” DeGioia noted at that summit. “Through these new technologies, we can break down long-established channels and barriers. In higher education, we need to tap into this energy, while providing a strong ethical foundation for it.”

He has high expectations for today’s summit.

“We are honored to welcome Secretary Clinton, Minister Sibal and a host of other U.S. and Indian officials and educators to Georgetown,” the university president said. “This is yet another opportunity for us to engage with a country that is emerging as a major global player, and to look at how we can work together to develop vital educational collaborations.”

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