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From Director’s Desk

I welcome you to the website of International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building (IIHEd) of O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU). IIHEd is an independent research institute within JGU focused on pursuing research and capacity building initiatives on different aspects of higher education in India and beyond. The vision of IIHEd is to contribute towards institution building for nation building. The establishment of IIHEd reflects the growth and development of JGU as a leading research-oriented global university in India that is contributing to promoting excellence in higher education in all its dimensions.

The last two decades have witnessed extraordinary changes in university systems around the world. India needs to take into account these developments and how they are affecting and impacting the nature of higher education around the world. The higher education system in India, including university governance, needs to consider some critical reforms and policy initiatives. We believe the future Indian universities will depend on our ability to create and nurture transformational institutions that will inspire young minds with the spirit of inquiry and instil in them the flames of imagination. They could only fulfil this broader promise in all its essence if they have the foundational basis on five equally important principles: academic freedom, intellectual engagement, social responsibility, institutional accountability and participatory governance.

To advance and promote these principles, IIHEd conducts research and offers advice on all aspects of higher education with a strong focus on curriculum development; pedagogical innovations; faculty engagement; faculty recruitment, retention and development; research and knowledge creation systems; promotion of scholarship and building research capacities; developing international collaborations; benchmarking and assessments of institutions; and on providing institutional support on law, policy and regulations relating to higher education.

Some important milestones in IIHEd since it was established in February 2015 were the two major international conferences it organized at the JGU campus in March 2013 and March 2017, both of which the then President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, inaugurated. In fact, it was the President Mukherjee’s passionate commitment to the cause of higher education reform that has inspired us to establish IIHEd. Besides, in partnership with the Times Higher Education, IIHEd had hosted The Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Academic Summit in December 2015.

Through this website, we aim to disseminate part of our work, our research interests and our commitments. Most of all, we would like the website to become an interface between the stakeholders of higher education in India and beyond, and the IIHEd team, which continues to engage in research and capacity building in this very important space in public policy.