India, Israel institutions ink pact for education, training

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on January 15, 2018

As a major step aimed at enhancing education and training between India and Israel, several partnerships were inked between leading academic institutions of the two countries.

Reuven Rivlin, President of Israel, has been touring India since November 14. The state visit by an Israeli President is the first in nearly 20 years, taking place in reciprocity to the October 2015 visit by President Pranab Mukherjee, and symbolises the growing partnership between India and Israel.

On Friday, the visiting Israeli President and Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, pledged cooperation in several areas. Two Israeli Universities, Hafia University of Israel and IDC Herzliya, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Welingkar Institute of Management (WeSchool). In a major step aimed at enhancing education and training in cybersecurity, SP Jain School of High Technology signed a MoU with IDC Herzliya, Israel.

The Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research (WeSchool) is an established B-school with campuses in Mumbai and Bengaluru. Last year, Welingkar had signed MoUs with three other Israeli universities which included Tel-Aviv University, Ben Gurion University of the Negev and IDC Herzliya. Earlier this year in July, the Tel Aviv University and WeSchool came together and hosted the Med4Dev India-Israel affordable healthcare hackathon.

Speaking on the occasion, President Reuvin Rivlin highlighted the need for excellence and quality in research along with the need of modern facilities and international collaborations. Pointing out the growing number of Indian scholars in Israel, he said almost 10 per cent of foreign students in Israel are Indians.

The Tel Aviv University even offers Marathi classes. The two countries inked pledges of cooperation in the fields of technology, agriculture, archeology, biology, among others.

President Rivlin and Javdekar also supported SP Jain to offer its students an opportunity to learn cybersecurity in Israel. SPJ-HT, is an affiliate of the globally ranked SP Jain School of Global Management, and offers a 6-month programme in cybersecurity.

Published on November 18, 2016

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