Collaboration between Norway and India on educational and professional development for students “co-creation of knowledge” was taken to new heights this week, 21st March, with the signing of a MoU between the University of Agder and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B). In August 2018, University of Agder will send four handpicked students to IIT-B to spend a term studying at the university whilst interning in Norwegian partner companies in Mumbai. The ambition is to increase this number of students in the future. Welcoming IIT-B students to University of Agder is a natural part of the cooperation. Some of the most important Norwegian companies in India; Aker Solutions, DNV-GL and Kongsberg Maritime will host the first batch of student-interns, who will write a report about their experience and receive study credits.
The Norwegian Consulate General hosted a reception to celebrate the signing of the MOU, with attendance from academics and Norwegian companies in the region. Øystein Djupedal (the former minister of education and research and current senior advisor to the rectorate at university of Agder) and Stephen Seiler (Vice Rector for research, University of Agder) gave compelling speeches about the importance of students having hands on experience from India, in order to adequately understand the complex dynamics of the Indian society and economy. Developing the next generation Norwegians into global citizens will be crucial for strengthening strategic partnerships and trade between Norway and India in the future.
The Consulate General congratulates the two parties and is looking forward to supporting this promising collaboration.