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NUS holds inaugural China-India-Singapore Dialogue on Higher Education

29 October 2010



FIRST SPEAKER: Mr Amit Khare, Joint Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, India, opened the Dialogue with a presentation on "Higher Education in India: Today and Tomorrow"


DIALOGUE PARTICIPANTS: (From left) Director of the NUS East Asian Institute Prof Zheng Yongnian (Moderator) and Dr Zhou Mansheng, Deputy Director-General, National Centre for Education Development Research, Ministry of Education, China who spoke on "Higher Education in China: Today and Tomorrow"


A RAPT AUDIENCE: Listening to expert views on higher education in China, India and Singapore shared by eminent speakers
On 26 October 2010, NUS held its first ever China-India-Singapore Dialogue on Higher Education featuring five eminent speakers from the three countries. The event aimed to provide a platform for discussions and exchange of views between key policymakers and thought leaders on higher education development and planning in China and India, and to raise awareness of related topics and issues among the Singaporean community.

The inaugural Dialogue, which was organised by the NUS International Relations Office (IRO), in collaboration with the NUS East Asian Institute (EAI) and Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), was attended by more than 100 academics, policymakers and opinion leaders. It was complemented by the event "China, India and YOU", organised by NUS students under the IRO's Internationalisation-at-Home (or i@Home) initiative.

In his opening address, NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan outlined NUS' programmes and partnerships in China and India, which include NUS Overseas Colleges in Bangalore, Beijing and Shanghai, and the Master in Public Administration and Management (MPAM) programme offered jointly by NUS' Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Business School. As NUS aspires to be a leading global university centred in Asia, Prof Tan underscored the importance of such dialogue events which "contribute to better understanding of the dynamics of China-India issues."

Moderated by Director of the NUS East Asian Institute Prof Zheng Yongnian, the Dialogue offered expert views on higher education in China, India and Singapore, its present and future challenges and opportunities. The speakers include Mr Amit Khare, Joint Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, India; Dr Zhou Mansheng, Deputy Director-General, National Centre for Education Development Research, Ministry of Education, China; Prof Deepak Nayyar, eminent economist and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Delhi; and Prof Wang Gungwu, Chairman of East Asian Institute, NUS.

University of Nottingham (UK) Chancellor and former Fudan University President Prof Yang Fujia also delivered a talk entitled "Towards First-Class Universities" where he shared the ideals of a liberal education, and the life-transforming environment of the residential college system.

For more details of perspectives and insights shared at the various talks, please click here.

By International Relations Office, NUS



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