It was the University’s first participation in a FICCI Summit and the first time AGU was represented in India. It was therefore the chance to see which impact AGU could have on the Indian market and which reputation it already had and could develop among students, universities, colleges, institutes, high schools, as well as potential recruitment representatives.
The FICCI Global Conferences and Exhibitions are jointly organized by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI), the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) and this year welcomed over 3.000 participants and 260 delegates from a total of 60 countries.
This 12th edition of the FICCI Summit saw many important participants and speaker join, including the Director-General of DG Education and Culture at the European Commission, Martine Reicherts, as well as members of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Ministry for Human Resource Development.
During the event, AGU representative Emeric Abrignani, Head of the AGU International Office, met with several Indian and Turkish officials, including Ambassadors and Ministers, as well as the representatives of many top ABET-accredited Indian universities, among which many were in full expansion across the country, opening campuses in the biggest cities in India.
Although these top institutions have many partnerships around the world, they usually do not have a network in Turkey. As a result, AGU is about to become the first partner in Turkey for some of them (as it was the case for our current Malaysian and Indonesian partner institutions). This reflects our institution’s strong focus on Asia, where the most innovative higher education trends originate from. India has become a new priority for the Abdullah Gül University, as one of the world’s fastest growing economies, where, by 2030, ¼ of the world’s student population will be educated.
Among the collaboration activities discussed with potential institutional partners were:
- Student/Staff exchange
- Joint Research
- Joint Conferences, Summits, Modules, Visits and Seminars
- Internship Opportunities
- PhD Supervision
- Use of Facilities and Labs
Many educational representatives having a large network across India were also interested in working with AGU and promoting the University’s unique offer to prospect students.
High School students came by bus with their counselors and visited the stalls of the various universities attending. They had never heard of the Abdullah Gül University before, but seemed very interested, even though most Indian high school students do not consider Turkey as a first choice study destination (yet). But the explanations and information offered by the Turkish universities present there raised interest among many of the high schoolers visiting the Summit with their class.
The participation in the Summit was also the opportunity to meet again with several of our existing partners and contacts, including Universitas Indonesia, Nazarbayev University and institutions from France, Lithuania, Portugal and Greece.
On top of the FICCI Conference and Exhibition, the trip to New Delhi was also the chance to visit the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD), a Top 3 technical/engineering school in India, where Emeric Abrignani met with the Head of the Department of Management Studies, as well as three of his PhD students, in order to discuss similarities between IITD and AGU (Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, Business Analytics, etc.) cooperation opportunities between the two institutions.
Overall, the participation in the FICCI Higher Education Summit and the subsequent visit to IITD proved to be a very fruitful trip! AGU hopes to develop a true network in India and to create future exchange agreements as well as to welcome full degree students into one of our 15 programs!