India to Host “TIMES Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Universities Summit” for the First Time

New Delhi, Delhi, India:  Key Highlights:

  • President of India to Address the Delegates of the Global Academic Summit
  • Times Higher Education to Partner with the O.P. Jindal Global University 

Times Higher Education (THE) in partnership with the International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building (IIHEd), O. P. Jindal Global University is organizing the “TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION BRICS & Emerging Economies Universities Summit 2015” in India for the first time. The summit is will be held during 2-4 December 2015 at the O.P. Jindal Global University Campus.

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will be addressing the delegates of the summit at the President house on the 2nd of December.

The summit is designed around the theme “Why Emerging Economies Need World Class Universities” and will see several sessions revolving around themes like developing a culture of research excellence, the role of international collaborations in promoting global excellence.

The Russian 5-100 Group will provide the Keynote address, providing insight into Russia’s efforts to drive up the international standing of its universities.

The summit will also feature an exclusive first look at the 2016 THE BRICS & Emerging Economies Ranking results and Rankings Masterclass with Phil Baty, THE World University Rankings editor.

Speaking ahead of the conference, Mr. Phil Baty, Editor at Large, Times Higher Education Magazine and Editor of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, said, “We are extremely excited and this is a very special summit for us because what we are witnessing is the coming together of countries that are traditionally crowded out of the global rankings system. We believe this conference will help bring together some of the most exciting universities from developing economies in the correct context, to discuss their shared development issues, their shared concerns and enable them to share good practices.” 

Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University while addressing the press said, “We are delighted to partner with Times Higher Education to host the BRICS & Emerging Economies Summit, which will bring together university leaders, scholars, institution builders and policy makers from across the world. The summit will discuss the big issues of higher education with a strong focus on globalization and its implications for the governance of universities. International benchmarking as a means for developing world-class universities that can be catalysts for social, economic and human development will be the theme throughout sessions. As a new university in India, we are truly honored to be partnering with the Times Higher Education to host this global academic summit.”

The International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building (IIHEd) of O.P. Jindal Global University has partnered with Times Higher Education for the summit. Speaking about the partnership Professor Raj Kumar said, “The International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building of O.P. Jindal Global university is excited to collaborate with THE to host this summit as it will be the first time that it comes to India.”

Phil Baty, while speaking on the event that is taking place in India for the first time said “We are eagerly looking forward to the Summit taking place in the world’s largest democracy and in a country home to the world’s largest youth populace. This conference will help ensure Indian universities are better networked with international universities and will help them make further strides towards participation in world rankings.”

Amongst the eminent speaker at the conference will be Professor Ihron Rensburg, VC and Principal, University of Johannesburg; Professor Jeffrey  Lehman, Vice-chancellor, NYU Shanghai; Dr. David Sadler, Vice-Principal (International) – Queen Mary; Dr. Abdullah Atalar, Rector – Bilkent University; Professor Mohamed Albaili, Deputy VC for Academic Affairs (Provost), UAEU; Professor John Clammer, President Grant Cornwell, President, Rollins College; Professor Stephen P. Marks, Professor, Harvard University; Dr. Joanna Newman, Vice Principal (International) – King’s College London;  Professor Jayanth Krishnan, Director, IU Maurer School of Law Centre on the Global Legal Profession, Indiana University; Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi, Vice Chancellor, Lahore University of Management Science; Professor William G. Tierney, Wilbur-Kieffer Professor of Higher Education, Co-director of the Pullias Centre for Higher Education, University of Southern California; Dr. Thandi Mgwebi, Executive Director, Research Chairs and Centres of Excellence, South Africa; Professor Romulo Pinheiro, Agdar University, Norway; Professor V.S. Chauhan, Chairman, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), India; Dr. Pramath Raj Sinha, Founding Dean, Indian School of Business & Founding Trustee, Ashoka University; Dr. Kavita Sharma, President, South Asian University and Dr. Nikhil Sinha, Vice Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University.

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