Principal in India with Deputy First Minister

Principal in India with Deputy First Minister

Issued: Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:37:00 GMT

The Principal, Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, and the International Dean for Eurasia and South Asia, Professor Bill Cushley, are an India as part of a joint Scottish Government and Scottish Universities mission.

They are part of a delegation of 21 senior leaders from Scotland’s higher education sector who are accompanying Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, on an official visit to Mumbai and Delhi.India Gate - Principal with John Swinney

Pictured at the Gateway of India, Mumbai: Deputy First Minister John Swinney and Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli

The higher education delegation has joined the Scottish Government, Scottish Development International and the British Council as they meet key Indian government officials, education policymakers and business leaders.

Their message is that “Scotland’s universities welcome India” and they have been seeking to demonstrate Scotland’s reputation for excellence in research, innovation and learning.

The events that are core to the HE programme are:

  • “Connections with Scotland” – a lunchtime alumni event hosted by the Deputy First Minister in Mumbai; 
  • A meeting to explore opportunities for partnerships with Indian higher education institutions in Mumbai;
  • A “Research and Innovation Day” in Delhi, drawing together the key messages, sector strengths and opportunities on research and innovation in dialogue with businesses, institutions and government;
  • A "St Andrew's Day" reception hosted by the UK High Commissioner, to highlight Scotland's links to India across trade and investment, education and skills, and culture and tourism.

A Memorandum of Understanding is due to be signed today (Tuesday) in Delhi that will open the way to closer working on gravitational waves research between scientists in India and their counterparts in UK universities.
The LIGO India agreement is being signed by Sir Anton on behalf of a UK universities consortium led by the University of Glasgow, and Professor Somak Raychaudhury, Director of the IUCAA (the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics)Pune, lead university in the programme in India.