India and Norway on Tuesday signed four Memorandum of Understandings (MOU’s) related to higher education and research.
A delegation of prominent research and educational institutes from Norway led by Anne Line Wold, Director General in the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research is visiting Delhi.
The signing of these agreements took place in the presence of Norwegian Ambassador to India Hans Jacob Frydenlund.
The following are the four MOU’s,
1. Between Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT) and UiT, the Arctic University of Norway for cooperation in fields such as bio-photonics, health and diagnostic tools, nanotechnology, water management and renewable energy.
2. Between Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology and UiT to facilitate exchange of students and staff and consolidate joint efforts towards project initiatives in national and EU arena.
3. Between IIT Jammu and Norwegian University of Science and Technology with special focus on activities in the region including landslides, tunnels, water management, hydropower, project-based learning, students and researchers mobility and cold region technologies.
4. Between IIT Mandi and Norwegian University of Science and Technology with special focus on activities in the region including landslides, tunnels, water management, hydropower, project-based learning, students and researchers mobility and cold region technologies.
The two countries have been cooperating on various issues related to development cooperation and promoting sustainable development.
It has been Norway’s endeavour to support the various initiatives taken by the Government of India in this regard.
These agreements are expected to facilitate best practices between the universities and lead to better mobility options for the Indian students.
In this regard, Ambassador Frydenlund said:
“the visiting delegation from Norway has had fruitful meetings with their Indian counterparts to discuss increased student mobility between Norway and India. As part of the Norwegian government’s India strategy 2030, research cooperation and higher education are of high importance in our bilateral relationship. This visit is a key step towards achieving the goals of a stronger and deeper bilateral relationship with India in the field of higher education and I look forward to developing this further in the years to come”.
Calling India, a strategic partner, Director General Ms Anne Wold said:
“India is an important strategic partner for Norway withing higher education and research. For Norway, exploring potential partners and connecting researchers and institutions with their counterparts in India is extremely crucial. During this visit, we have had an excellent dialogue with the Indian authorities and found several areas of common interest that will benefit both countries. We also hope to see an increased student mobility between India and Norway.