November 28, 2016, by Jason Feehily
India-UK Tech Summit November 2016
Sam Woolley-Principal Knowledge Exchange India
The University is developing exciting partnerships with India, and as part of its engagement activities I was delighted to participate in the India-UK Tech summit 07-09 November in Delhi. The summit brought together industry, academics and governments with a focus on forging the future of India-UK collaboration with the smartest businesses and the brightest minds.
I am pleased to report there is a real drive to build bilateral connections that will deliver real impact in the months and years to come. This was the message of both the UK PM the Rt Hon Theresa May and Indian Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi as they opened the India-UK Tech Summit on Monday 07 November to a packed hall at the Taj Palace in Delhi. In PM Shri Modi’s words – “It is vital that India and the United Kingdom, two countries linked by history, work together to define the knowledge economy of the 21st century”.
Working with my colleague, Maneeta Sahmey who is based in Delhi and is responsible for developing industry and academic partnerships across India, we met with a range of businesses, institutions and government officials who are keen to collaborate.
The University of Nottingham was well represented at the summit with Prof Michèle Clarke joining a panel of experts on Smart Cities to explore the role of technology in improving the lives of citizens in Indian cities. Prof Hardev Singh of the Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship joined a panel discussing social entrepreneurship and how innovation drives change.
Also at the summit were a delegation from Nottingham City Council and business leaders looking to develop trade & investment links.
A fascinating event with lots of opportunities for the University of Nottingham.