Building Global Networks to Transform Indian Higher Education

08 November 2013

By Alexandra Hansen

One of the most significant initiatives to transform Indian Higher Education will be launched in New Delhi next week.  Leaders from government, academia, and industry -  from all over the world - will meet to discuss the future of Higher Education in India and how creating global networks can become a game-changer.

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), in partnership with the Australia India Institute (A.I.I), is holding the two-day global conference on the theme: Building Global Networks to Transform Indian Higher Education.

The conference will be attended, amongst others, by A.I.I Distinguished Fellow and Indian MP Shashi Tharoor, University of Melbourne VC Glyn Davis, A.I.I Chairman Robert Johanson, Deputy Chair Susan Elliott, A.I.I Director Amitabh Mattoo, and a number of other VCs and MPs from India, Australia, the US, Canada, and the UK.

It is expected that by 2030 India will be a $10 trillion economy. Under deliberation will be how to cater to this market and develop globally competitive graduates.

Online learning will be a focus, as well as law and governance of higher education, and tools to improve employability after education.

Professor Amitabh Mattoo says Australian Universities can play a significant role in helping Indian higher education to become globally competitive.

“India has a massive, globally unprecedented demographic dividend: 500 million young people under the age of 25.  Australian world class universities can help India translate the potential of this demographic dividend into reality.”

The summit will feature keynotes, panel discussions, and master classes and will run from 13-14 November at FICCI, Federation House, New Delhi.

Professor Amitabh Mattoo is available for limited media interviews. For interviews contact, +61(3)90358681

For more information visit the FICCI Higher Education Summit Website or