HSE University-St Petersburg Participates in FICCI International Higher Education Summit in India
'Empowering Minds, Driving Transformation: Redefining the Future of Higher Education' was the topic of the 18th Higher Education Summit held in New Delhi, the capital of India. The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the Indian Ministry of Education invited a delegation from HSE University-St Petersburg to participate in the key events of the summit.
In the conference section of the summit programme, HSE University-St Petersburg representatives set out best practices for working with the university's industry partners and spoke about the promotion of project activities with leading Russian industrial companies.
Deputy Director for Educational Activities and Digital Transformation, HSE University-St Petersburg
'The Summit in New Delhi symbolically coincided with the final of HSE FEST, an all-Russian start-up festival in St Petersburg which has been organised by HSE University and its partner Rostelecom for five years now. This is a flagship event for HSE University-St Petersburg, as it helps to gather dozens of university teams and representatives of large businesses in one place.
Today, every higher education institution faces the task of bridging the gap between labour market demands and the training of qualified specialists, as well as creating the conditions for cultivating and promoting student projects and start-ups. Both we and our Indian colleagues are focused on increasing the appeal and involvement of large industrial partners in intense work in educational activities.
In our opinion, one of the most efficient tools for this is increasing the number of representatives of industrial companies in the academic councils of educational programmes. Today, this direction is an unquestionable competitive advantage of HSE University.
Another task for universities is creating an effective environment around students which will allow them to implement their own projects oriented toward industry development. During the conference, the experts also discussed the issue of 'patchwork' in creating such an environment and possible ways of developing a unified and coherent system of university centres that can provide the full set of instruments necessary for implementing student projects.'
The exhibition hall of the summit featured a HSE University-St Petersburg stand where staff from the International Office showcased HSE University to potential partners and applicants.
The system of higher education in India is one of the three largest in the world. The country has more than 60,000 educational institutions and 40 million students. HSE University-St Petersburg has been systematically and successfully working with colleagues from Indian universities for some time. Last month, a delegation from HSE University-St Petersburg headed by Anna Tyshetskaya, Director of HSE University-St Petersburg, also took part in a large international summit in Phagwara.