India and Norway signed MoU to strengthen research and higher education

New Delhi: India and Norway on Tuesday signed four MoUs to strengthen their research and higher education collaboration.

A delegation of prominent education and research institutions from Norway led by Director-General, Anne Line Wold, Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research is in New Delhi. They were joined by Norwegian Ambassador to India Hans Jacob Frydenlund and the head of the delegation.

The MoUs include one between Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and UiT, The Arctic University of Norway for cooperation in fields such as bio-photonics, health and diagnostic tools, nanotechnology, water management and renewable energY; Between Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology and UiT, The Arctic University of Norway to facilitate exchange of students and staff and consolidate joint efforts towards project initiatives in national and EU arena; Between IIT Jammu and Norwegian University of Science and Technology and IIT Mandi and Norwegian University of Science and Technology with special focus of activities in Landslides, Tunnels, Water Management, Hydropower, Project-based learning, Student and researchers mobility and Cold region technologies.

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Frydenlund said on the occasion, “the visiting delegation from Norway has had fruitful meetings with their Indian counterparts to discuss increased student mobility between Norway and India. As a part of the Norwegian government’s India Strategy 2030, research cooperation and higher education are of high importance in our bilateral relationship.

This visit is a key step towards achieving the goals of a stronger and deeper bilateral relationship with India in the field of higher education and I look forward to developing this further in the years to come.”

Director General Anne Line Wold added, “India is an important strategic partner for Norway within higher education and research. For Norway, exploring potential partners and connecting researchers and institutions with their counterparts in India is extremely crucial. During this visit, we have had an excellent dialogue with the Indian authorities and found several areas of common interest that will benefit both countries. We also hope to see an increased student mobility between India and Norway.”

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