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The Higher Education Roundtable Hosted by the Bureau of South and Central Asia Affairs (SCA)


Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
September 17, 2010

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SCA Assistant Secretary Robert Blake and Dr. Molly Maguire Teas, SCA Senior Advisor for Education, chaired a roundtable on September 16 to bring together a high level “brain trust” to identify what types of partnerships with India are currently working well and to conceive new initiatives that will address growing challenges faced by our two knowledge-based economies.

In particular, the aim was to identify successful and sustainable models for collaboration and partnerships in all types of higher educational institutions including research institutions, professional schools, undergraduate liberal arts schools and community colleges. Nineteen U.S. Universities were represented at the Roundtable. The group included six University Presidents, a number of Vice Provosts and heads of South Asian Departments and Centers.

Assistant Secretary Blake emphasized the common values and knowledge-based societies that bind our two countries and how greater cooperation on higher education is a fundamental part of all aspects of our enhanced strategic relationship. Blake highlighted how a strong, interconnected education system in both countries will catalyze innovation and cooperation in the future.

Participants agreed that the Roundtable would help enhance cooperation between the U.S. government and higher learning institutions, ultimately leading to the strengthening of our partnership with India.

University representatives welcomed the Roundtable as an excellent forum for universities and other institutions to collaborate with the U.S. Government on expanding engagement with India.



PRN: 2010/1285

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