Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), Northern Ireland is exploring ways of potential partnerships between Nagaland and the University. This was highlighted by Trevor Newsom, International Advisor to the President and Vice Chancellor, QUB in a meeting with state chief minister, Neiphiu Rio and senior officials on December 8 at chief minister’s official residence. Dr. M. Satish Kumar, Director India Initiative, QUB was also present at the meeting.
Their visit to the state follows the visit of a delegation of government and private media persons from Nagaland to Northern Ireland in November.
Trevor Newsom highlighted that QUB, having a wide network with different universities across the world has a strong tradition of entrepreneurship and was awarded the 2009 UK Entrepreneurial University of the Year. He said QUB was seeking ways to help India in increasing accessibility to higher education, which is suitable to the economy of India. Referring to the similarities between Northern Ireland and Nagaland, Trevor Newsom said QUB was keen to work with Nagaland in the process to take away the dependency and help the state to rebound. He highlighted areas where QUB can offer partnership with state such as training of new academic staff, assistance in university administration and building up capacities.
Chief minister, Neiphiu Rio appreciated QUB officials for their visit to the state and said such partnerships of working together would do wonders, especially for the region. Welcoming the prospect of such partnership, Rio said Nagas have capability of learning and moving ahead adding Naga youth were progressive and keen to become global citizens.
According to an official bulletin, MLA and advisor, Music Task Force, Dr. Nicky Kire, chief secretary, Lalthara, additional chief secretary & development commissioner, Alemtemshi Jamir, additional chief secretary and finance commissioner, Toshi Aier were also present besides senior officials of concerned departments and representatives from Nagaland University.
It might be mentioned that QUB, as a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities, is building on its tradition of excellence to secure a future for its students. According to Dr. Satish Kumar, who established key research collaborations in social sciences and humanities with Jawaharlal Nehru University and Assam University, QUB is a friendly university with a broad international perspective and some of the best facilities in the world. The QUB officials also visited the World War II Cemetery on December 9.