Feb. 28, 2018
Seneca partners with Indian institutions to focus on advanced skills, innovation and entrepreneurship
President David Agnew has returned from a week-long visit to India where he hosted the Indo-Canadian Seminar on Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, announcing an expanded long-term collaboration between Seneca and a number of higher education partners in that country.
“Seneca is delighted to be deepening our educational ties with India as we collaborate in the arena of skills development and entrepreneurship,” says President Agnew. “We will be building on the strengths of our students and faculty to expand our partnerships.”
At the day-long seminar on Sunday, Feb. 18 in New Delhi, he joined representatives from a number of Indian partner institutions, as well as delegates from leading Indian colleges and universities, government and industry from Canada and India.
The event emphasized the urgent need for quality training in skill development and entrepreneurship to meet India’s development goals, and how collaborating with Seneca will help take this vision to the next level.
President Agnew also joined Science Minister Kirsty Duncan on a panel on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the Canada-India Business Council Forum in Mumbai to represent the Canadian postsecondary community. Before an audience of 500 business and government leaders from India and Canada, he spoke on the important relationship between innovation and a highly skilled workforce and the role of polytechnics in higher education.
Building on Seneca’s relationship with India, the partnerships that were secured during the visit included:
- National Institute for Financial Management (NIFM): Providing short-term training to NIFM participants in the field of public-sector financial management, including financial technology, anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, cybercrime and blockchain technology;
- IILM Institute for Higher Education: Delivering a global study-abroad program in digital marketing and entrepreneurship and innovation at Seneca to undergraduate and postgraduate students;
- Dayalbagh Educational Institute (DEI): A collaborative online learning project engaging students and faculty from DEI for cross-cultural experiences using various online information and communication technologies that are available through the open-source market;
- Punjabi Technical University: Creating a framework for undergraduates to transfer to Seneca’s Business degree programs;
- Thakur Institute of Management Studies and Research: Promoting youth entrepreneurship by providing training through Seneca HELIX; and
- INSCOL Healthcare: Providing internationally trained nurses with additional knowledge and skills to care competently for individuals and their families experiencing cardiovascular illness.
Seneca has also begun a collaboration to deliver online executive management programs to working professionals in India and elsewhere. The program will be delivered jointly by Canadian and Indian professors in a partnership with the FORE School of Management.
The trip to India coincided with the Prime Minister’s visit to India.