High level delegation consisting Government Officials, Vice-Chancellors from New Zealand visit IIFT New Delhi
| October 19,2012 05:44 pm IST
A high level delegation consisting of top Government Officials of Education and Vice-Chancellors of various Universities of New Zealand led by Honble Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Development of New Zealand Mr Steven Joyce visited IIFT on 18/10/2012 and held talks with the Director, IIFT Dr. Surajit Mitra and members of faculty.
The New Zealand delegation evinced interest in having collaborative programmes with IIFT for training entrepreneurs of New Zealand in Doing Business in India and initiate both faculty and scholar exchange programme. Director, IIFT in his address mentioned that IIFT has already done such collaboration with more than a dozen countries in Europe, Africa and other countries and will be in a position to collaborate with the academia of New Zealand for the purpose. Honble Minister of New Zeland in his address mentioned that there is a huge possibility of collaboration between India and New Zealand in the field of Education and his visit is focused on promoting India-New Zealand cooperation.
The Minister also addressed the IIFT faculty and students on Doing Business in India. At the outset, the Minister announced a series of Doing Business in India modules at IIFT for executive students of New Zealand. New Zealand Education would be the coordinator for these programmes. The Minister also stressed on the two-way exchange for students from India to get to know the New Zealand business environment. Currently, India is New Zealands third largest source of international students with more than 12,000 students enrolling themselves in different courses including management and technical education. In this context, the exchange programmes between institutes/universities of the two countries need to be stepped up to increase the inflow of students from New Zealand other than the inflow through Doing Business in India programmes . The Minister made a special mention of joint research between institutions of the two countries to understand each others markets well and increase market access. The Minister also drew attention to the opportunities in India in technical cooperation in the aviation sector including infrastructure and provision of training facilities and instructors. On skill development, the Minister offered support for the National Skill Development initiative of the Government of India and thereby be a part of Indias growth momentum. The Minister expressed satisfaction over the doubling of trade between India and New Zealand in the last three years and laid stress on the Free Trade Agreement between India and New Zealand in goods and services which will automatically pave the way for the two-way movement in goods, services and people.
Director, IIFT Dr. Surajit Mitra expressed great satisfaction on the positive developments arising out of the delegation meeting.