Scotland and India
Education Secretary Michael Russell said today that Scotland and India will continue to develop their education and business links and make both countries stronger.
Speaking at the influential Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) higher education summit in Delhi, Mr Russell highlighted the benefits and opportunities presented when Scotland and India work together.
Education Secretary Michael Russell said:
"Scotland and India have historical and enduring bonds, reaching back many years. We also share links that have been forged more recently and our relationship continues to go from strength to strength.
"At the moment there are no fewer than 20 Scottish universities working with partners in India and this week I have opened a new Scottish university campus and witnessed the signing of three new co-operation agreements.
"Of course, the Indian economy is one of the fastest growing in the world and they are experiencing heavy demand in sectors where Scotland has key expertise such as energy, education and banking.
"That's why I have been encouraging Indian business leaders and academics to continue to look towards Scotland. With the Scottish Government investing in research to the tune of £250 million and continuing the SMART:Scotland fund to promote business innovation and knowledge exchange activities, we are in strong place to support international partnerships.
"Scotland is open and willing to build on our existing partnerships with Indian universities and companies and I hope we can progress what has been started, maximise the potential and realise a host of infinite possibilities ahead."
Mr Russell was speaking at the Higher Education summit of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. This is SDI's third annual mission to the Summit, which is India's premier Education sector event. The primary objective of the Mission is to position Scottish higher education institutions as partners of choice for Indian academia and businesses. It is also the largest and most senior delegation from the university sector to visit India.
Mr Russell is in India as part of a wide-ranging seven day programme in India which includes engagements in universities and schools, speaking at a conference for influential business leaders and meetings with key Indian companies and academics.