Switzerland strengthens cooperation with India in education and research

22 March 2024 13:11

Bern - Martina Hirayama is visiting Bangalore and Delhi. In talks with representatives from relevant Indian ministries, the State Secretary will discuss future prospects for cooperation in the field of science. A bilateral agreement for science has been in place since 2003.

State Secretary Martina Hirayama will travel to India from 23 to 28 March accompanied by a science delegation, according to a statement from the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). The purpose of the trip is to discuss bilateral science relations with representatives from the relevant Indian ministries and to consider future prospects. Visits to research institutes in Bangalore and Delhi will facilitate a better understanding of developments in India's science sector and explore the potential for future cooperation.

Relations between the two countries in the field of science go back to a bilateral cooperation agreement concluded in 2003. As part of this agreement, a Joint Committee Meeting is held every two years. The next meeting is scheduled to take place in Bern later this year.

Switzerland has also been represented in India by a Swissnex centre since 2010. The global Swiss network for education, research and innovation supports the networking of researchers from both countries from its base in Bangalore. Since 2016, almost 240 bilateral research projects have been supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation and its Indian partner agencies. SERI has mandated Zurich University of Applied Sciences as the leading house for South Asia and Iran to expand scientific cooperation between these regions. ce/hs

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