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Estonia Would Like to Facilitate Academic Mobility with India

12.05.2011

No. 168-E

At his meeting with Indian Minister for Human Resources Development and Communications and Information Technology Kapil Sibal in Istanbul, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that Estonia is interested in closer educational and research co-operation with India.

Paet stated that Estonia would like to conclude an academic mobility co-operation programme with India that would make it easier for Estonian and Indian students to go study in the other country. “Thus far India has given support to, for example, the Humanitarian Institute, the National Library, and Tartu University’s Centre for Oriental Studies, but there is room to develop co-operation between universities. This could apply to the mobility of both students and faculty members,” he added.

Estonia is also interested in creating co-operation programmes pertaining to educational and cultural co-operation as well as co-operation in research and technology with India.

Paet and Sibal also talked about opportunities for cooperation in the field of cyber defence.

In talking about UN Security Council reform, Paet said that Estonia feels it would be natural for India to be a permanent member in the reformed UN Security Council. “The composition of the UN Security Council must reflect the changes that have taken place in the world,” Paet added.

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