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First Indo-German Dialogue on Research and Innovation

Oct 30, 2015

The first symposium in the series Indo-German Dialogue on Excellence in Research and Education took place on 14 October 2015 at the German Embassy in New Delhi, India. It was organised by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in cooperation with Freie Universität Berlin, Universität Heidelberg, University of Cologne and TU Munich, and funded by the DWIH - German House for Research and Innovation. The Cluster's branch office in India, Heidelberg Center South Asia, was also part of the organisation team.

Group of representatives of Heidelberg University and panel discussants

The first symposium focussed on the topic: 'Internationalisation as a Key Impulse for Excellence in Research and Education'. Three Indo-German Expert Panels addressed the audience with themes like Creating Structures of Academic Governance, Promoting International Mobility- Inbound and Outbound and Institutionalising Cooperations and Networks- Alumni Groups and Research Clusters. Please find the full programme here.

Heidelberg University was represented by Dr. Martin Gieselmann (South Asia Institute), who together with Professor Dr. Dhruv Raina (Jawaharlal Nehru University) spoke on “Institutionalising Co-operations and Networks - Alumni Groups and Research Clusters”. Their joint presentation was moderated by Professor Dr. Amita Chandra from the Delhi University and was followed by a lively Q&A session.

This unique form of Indo-German exchange aims at bringing together Indian and German decision makers and leading experts in the education sector, to jointly and comprehensively discuss the multifaceted and all-encompassing aspects of excellence in teaching and research, to exchange ideas and experiences with regard to the challenges and opportunities and to identify areas of mutual interest.

The second symposium in the series will take place on the 20th of November 2015 at the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan in Bangalore. The theme for the half-day event is Industry Academia Cooperation as a Key Impulse for Excellence. Heidelberg University will be represented by Dr. Sigurd Weinreich (Head - Research, Dept. of Industry Cooperation and Technology Transfer) who will speak on “Challenges and Success Factors for Industry-Academia Collaboration”.

Audience question during the symposium

Additional Information

Suboor Bakht and Radu Carciumaru from the HCSA

The symposium has been co-organised by the Heidelberg Center South Asia (HCSA), which functions as a branch office of the Cluster "Asia and Europe" and the South Asia Institute as well as of the University of Heidelberg. The HCSA is organising a number of events during fall/winter 2015.

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Website of the German Embassy
Website of the South Asia Institute


  • Panel on 'Institutionalising Co-operations and Networks'