Dharmendra Pradhan, India’s Union Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Minister, met with Dr. Ahmad Al Falasi, the Minister of Education for the United Arab Emirates, in a momentous gathering held in Abu Dhabi.
The highlight of this meeting was the signing of a comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the UAE, which aims to fortify existing educational cooperation. The primary objective of this MoU is to facilitate student and faculty mobility, thus enhancing collaboration in the education sector.
During their discussions, Pradhan stressed the importance of uniting India’s status as a global talent hotspot with the UAE’s position as a global economic hotspot. He advocated for the establishment of a knowledge bridge that would further strengthen the civilizational connection between the two nations.
The ministers took stock of their bilateral engagements in education and skill development, particularly focusing on the progress achieved following their previous meeting on the sidelines of the 4th Education Working Group (EdWG) as part of the G20 framework. They expressed satisfaction with the strides made in areas such as mutual recognition of academic and skill qualifications and the acknowledgment of Indian educational institutions in the UAE. Both ministers emphasized the need to continue these efforts and further strengthen institutional mechanisms for smooth student and workforce mobility.
Additionally, Dharmendra Pradhan expressed his gratitude to Dr. Ahmed Belhoul for the support extended to schools in the UAE that follow the Indian curriculum. The ministers also discussed ways to facilitate student exchange programs between India and the UAE.
The MoU signed during the meeting represents a pivotal step in strengthening educational cooperation between India and the UAE. It encompasses various aspects, including student and faculty mobility, joint research programs, curriculum design, and active participation in educational events, such as conferences, lectures, symposia, courses, and scientific exhibitions, all of which revolve around areas of mutual interest.
Furthermore, the MoU aims to promote the exchange of critical information in various domains:
– Regulations, legal structures, and best practices in general and higher education in both nations.
– Frameworks and policies in general and higher education, including national qualifications frameworks to facilitate the mutual recognition of qualifications.
– Frameworks and policies related to the development of gifted and talented individuals, skills enhancement, counseling, and well-being.
– The facilitation of academic collaboration between Higher Education Institutions in both countries, offering Twinning, Joint Degree, and Dual Degree Programs.
The MoU also paves the way for cooperation in the field of Capacity Development within Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) teaching staff. To ensure the seamless implementation of this transformative agreement, the MoU will lead to the creation of a Joint Working Group (JWG) chaired alternately by a representative from the Ministry of Education in India and the UAE. The JWG is set to convene at least once a year, meticulously reviewing the progress and outcomes of the memorandum’s implementation.
This significant development signifies the commitment of both India and the UAE to foster a thriving collaborative spirit, facilitating the exchange of knowledge, experiences, and resources to elevate educational standards and opportunities for their respective citizens.