Fostering EU-India Relations in Research, Innovation and Higher Education

Nidhi Piplani-Kapur, Mrunal Sule, Viddhi Thakker

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India and the EU have consistently maintained a rich history of cooperation spanning across
facets of economic, social, and scientific partnerships. Evolving with a series of mutually
beneficial treaties in the 1990s emphasizing cooperation in development and technology, the
strategic partnerships between India and the EU greatly grew to incorporate
internationalisation of higher education as well as research and innovation. Identifying Indian
potential in these relevant fields and furthering the scope of cooperation between both
stakeholders, the EU strategy on India also greatly echoed this foundation. This has been
witnessed most recently in the 2018 EU-India partnership and the ‘Roadmap to 2025’, a
project emphasizing internationalisation in higher education, research, and innovation. While
a considerable set of frameworks exist encouraging EU-India cooperation such as the
Erasmus Programme and initiatives undertaken by the European Research Council, there still
exists scope not only for improvement, but also for immense potential. India’s New
Education Policy and its ambition to internationalise Indian education further provides more
avenues for a strong EU-India strategic partnership. It introduces new pathways for
cooperation, while also revitalizing the existing education frameworks to equip India with a
curriculum matching global quality standards. Since India and the EU are natural partners,
such a revision provides tremendous scope that both stakeholders can benefit from. This
article, therefore, assesses the importance of EU-India cooperation on higher education,
research, and innovation, while trying to explore its future scope and potential.
Original languageEnglish (Ireland)
Title of host publicationBuilding the Future of EU-India Strategic Partnership Between Trade, Technology, Security and China
PublisherORCA Organisation for Research on China and Asia
VolumeORCA Special Issue
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

Publication series

NameOrganisation for Research on China and Asia


  • Higher Education
  • Internationalisation
  • EU-India
  • Diplomacy
  • Research
  • Innovation
  • Strategic Partnership
  • Roadmap to 2025
  • New Education Policy (NEP)
  • Erasmus


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