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Professor Marie Lall speaks at the India-UK TECH Summit

21 November 2016

UK-India TECH summit

Professor Marie Lall, Pro-Vice Provost, South Asia, joined Prime Ministers Theresa May and Nerendra Modi at a conference exploring future collaboration opportunities between India and the UK.

The TECH Summit - of which UCL was an Associate Partner - brought together government, businesses, educational institutions and innovators to connect and explore the future of collaboration between the UK and India.

It was Theresa May's first bilateral visit outside of Europe, to begin formal negotiations for a UK-India trade agreement. Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation and Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade, also attended.

Professor Lall, who was part of a senior delegation from leading UK universities accompanying Jo Johnson on the visit, said: "This was a successful visit for UCL. The institutions we met with all spoke about solving real world problems and how to change education, which resonates well with UCL's own philosophy."

The Summit also offered an insight into current challenges and opportunities facing the Indian higher education system - from quality and regulation to autonomy, innovation and capacity development.

Other UCL academics included Professor Patrick Wolfe (UCL Big Data Institute and the Alan Turing Institute), Professor Eli Keshavarz-Moore (Vice-Dean International, Engineering) and Dr Jason Blackstock (UCL Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy - STEaPP). They were joined by Roger de Montfort (Managing Director, UCL Consultants) and Lesley Hayman (Head of Global Partnerships).

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