1st India-Finland High-Level Dialogue

Feb 01: Shri K. Sanjay Murthy, Secretary, Dept. of Higher Education, Ministry of Education co-chaired the 1st India-Finland High-Level Dialogue Meeting virtually today, with his Finnish counterpart Ms Anita Lehikoinen, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Culture (Finland).

Both sides held comprehensive discussions on respective policies in School Education, Vocational Education and Higher Education, and also explored opportunities for further deepening ties in these areas. They have also called for more concrete proposals and action plans to promote a richer collaboration. A joint statement was released on areas of mutual interest such as early to senior secondary education, higher education, student mobility and skill development.

The two sides showed special interest in collaborating on capacity building of teachers, particularly STEM educators and leveraging digital technology in various areas of education. Research collaborations were another area of common interest, especially in areas of new and emerging technologies, AI, Quantum Tech, sustainability, and climate change, The Indian side also briefed upon new regulations brought in for the internationalization of higher education under NEP 2020.

India and Finland have traditionally enjoyed a warm and friendly relationship. This year marks 75 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. India and Finland have ongoing collaboration in school and higher education and skilling. The two countries signed a Migration & Mobility Partnership Agreement in December 2022, under which discussions are ongoing for the mobility of trained manpower from India.

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