The Cabinet has approved an agreement between India and the United Arab Emirates on cooperation in the field of education

Parijat Chauhan

Parijat Chauhan

This agreement will enable academic collaboration between the parties for offering various programmes, such as twinning, joint degree and dual degree programmes.

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On Wednesday, the Union Cabinet approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministries of Education of India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on cooperation in the field of education. The objective of the MoU is to further strengthen educational collaboration between India and UAE as well as widen the scope of engagements.

The original MoU was signed in 2015 and expired in 2018. However, at a meeting between education ministers of the two countries in 2019, UAE side proposed to sign a new MoU. The new MoU incorporates changes brought in by India’s new National Education Policy 2020.

The aim of this MoU is to encourage the exchange of information, education, and capacity development between Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) teaching staff of both countries. This will help facilitate academic collaboration between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) so they can offer twinning, joint degree, and dual degree programmes. Any other areas agreed upon by both countries will also be included.

This Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will reinvigorate educational cooperation and increase academic mobility between the two countries, while also facilitating the exchange of information in order to promote mutual recognition of these qualifications.

The MoU also covers cooperation in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), as UAE is a major work destination for Indians. The agreement will be valid for a period of five years from the date of signing, and will be automatically renewable with the consent of both parties.

Once signed, this MoU shall supersede the earlier MoU signed with UAE in 2015, which will then cease to have effect.

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