New Zealand, Karnataka clinch education cooperation pact

The Karnataka State Higher Education Council (KSHEC) signed an Education Cooperation Arrangement (ECA) with Education New Zealand.
The MoU signed by the ECA, New Zealand government agency, aims to promote collaboration, research, and knowledge sharing in emerging educational trends and is dedicated to showcasing their educational offerings globally by sharing best practices.

According to the New Zealand Education press release, "This collaboration, facilitated by the Government of Karnataka, signifies a concerted effort to enhance educational opportunities and promote cross-cultural exchange in Karnataka's academic landscape."

Additionally, the press release states, the ECA was signed by KG Chandrashekara, Executive Director of KSHEC and Lisa Futschek, General Manager, International of Education New Zealand."

The signing ceremony took place in the presence of MC Sudhakar, Hon'ble Minister of Higher Education, Government of Karnataka; Sri Srikar MS, Principal Secretary, Department of Higher Education, GoK; SR Niranjana, Vice Chairman of KSHEC, GoK; Thandava Gowda TN, Administrative Officer of KSHEC, GoK; Vice Chancellors and representatives from State Public Universities, along with Damon Salesa, Vice Chancellor of Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, and his team.

The delegation, comprising representatives from eight universities in New Zealand and eleven Karnataka State Public Universities, engaged in a breakout session to identify mutual areas of interest. This session facilitated discussions to discover common ground for potential collaborations in academic and research activities.

Through this dynamic alliance, the Karnataka Higher Education Department and Education New Zealand are prepared to explore avenues for international partnerships and collaborations between New Zealand and Karnataka HEIs in STEM, Social Sciences, Hospitality, Tourism, and Multimedia to broaden the global perspectives of both students and faculties." the press release added.

Additionally, this collaboration will facilitate collaborative research initiatives between institutions to drive innovation and address pressing challenges in education.

Moreover, sharing the best practices, trends, educational exchanges, and promotional activities.

MC Sudhakar, Higher Education Minister, Government of Karnataka, expressed his enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating, "This partnership with Education New Zealand reflects our unwavering commitment to promoting excellence in higher education. Together, we will cultivate a vibrant learning environment that nurtures research, innovation and continuous improvement in our institutions."


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