Representatives from several universities and educational institutions from a few Muslim countries are all set to participate in the two-day International Conference for Academic Institutions-2013 to be held on January 9 and 10 as part of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors’ Summit which will be signed in presence of Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Among the 157 foreign universities and academic institutions which have agreed to attend the conference are Ferhat Abbas University and Badji Mokhtar University, both based in Algeria, and University of Trunojoya Madura in Indonesia.
The academic conclave is being organised to encourage academic collaboration in the field of higher education with 51 universities of the state.
Along with the top universities of the UK, the US, Canada and Australia, Kingdom Citizens Church of God, a Christian theological university based in Nigeria, is also sending ‘evangelist’ Dr Oluwaseyi Olalekan Adepoju to take part in the conference.
Besides, more than 100 universities and academic centres from Gujarat and other states of the country will be participating in the conference. Several students from German University of Cairo are also coming to attend the global education conference.
Among the top universities from 30 countries having agreed to send their representatives are University of Houston, USA; International Institute of Education, New York; University of Toronot, Canada; Times Higher Education, UK; and University of Wollongong, Australia. Galilee International Management Institute of Israel is the only institute from the Middle East to take part in the summit.
Knowledge Consortium of Gujarat’s director (Research and Innovation) Vedant Pandya, who is in-charge of the conference, told The Indian Express that the conference aimed to bring various international academic institutions at one platform and find partners for universities and higher educational institutions of Gujarat with a view to promote the state’s higher education to global level.
He said that higher educational institutions could not be strengthened without collaboration with other educational institutions within and outside the country.
On the participation of Nigeria-based theological institute, he said presence of these institutions would help in providing “ “culture of internationalising the higher educati”n” to the local institutions and thus helping in raising their academic standards.
Pandya said several memorandum of understandings were likely to be signed in educational and research areas in the presence of Chief Minister Narendra Modi.