The signing took place at the British Council offices in New Delhi at the start of a three-day British ministerial visit led by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Sajid Javid MP and the Minister for Universities and Science Jo Johnson MP to promote cooperation on education, skills and research. Under the MoU, QMUL expresses support for the International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building (IIHEd), O. P. Jindal Global University, in its endeavour to create an Association of Emergent South Asian Research Universities (AESARU). The AESARU is perceived as a network of universities that are relatively newly-established, have or aspire to a significant research ambition in their institutional mission, aim to contribute to economic and social progress, actively promote integrity, excellence, and equality of opportunity and are genuinely not-for-profit in their operating model. Under the MoU, QMUL will facilitate the building of a network for the AESARU and will cultivate members not only from its own network in the region, but also from outside. The two institutions will jointly organise meetings and conferences for the network activities. Other AESARU activities will include, among other things, student and faculty exchanges, research and teaching collaborations and summer programmes. The Centre for South Asian Legal Studies, Centre for India - China Studies and the Centre for a New South Asia at JGU will be actively engaged in the functioning of the AESARU.