Bournemouth University


'Festival of Learning India'

12th February, 2018 at The Leela Palace, Chennai

Event Partners

Europe India Centre for Business and Industry is pleased to be working with Bournemouth University, one of UK's leading university, Bournemouth University ( BU ) , to organise the Festival of Learning India on 12th February at The Leela Palace, Chennai. The theme of the festival is "Global Education 2050: The Future of Learning in India and UK". The Festival of learning India builds on Bournemouth University’s (BU) popular UK-based Festival of Learning, which is now in its sixth year. The Festival of Learning is a celebration of learning and has showcased BU’s research and expertise to a wide and varied audience over the last five years.

Bournemouth university is also inviting application from Indian school student (14 years of age or over) for Global Talent Young India Award 2018 offered. Award aims to promote internationalisation & develop Indian talent for the global world. More details can be found here -

Some of the confirmed speakers (in alphabetical order) for the "Festival of Learning India' include


  • Dr Anastasia Venetti, Bournemouth University

  • Prof Bindu Bhaskar - Asian College of Journalism

  • Dr Einar Thorsen, Bournemouth University

  • Ms.Jana Kuncova - Global Engagement Mobility Manager, Bournemouth University

  • Ms.Mahalakshmi Saravanan - Founder, Women Entrepreneurs India

  • Dr. S Armstrong - Professor and Head Department of English and Chairperson, School of English and Foreign Languages University of Madras Chepauk, Chennai

  • Mr. Sashi Kumar - Chairman, Media Development Foundation & Asian College of Journalism

  • Shankar Vanavarayar - Entrepreneur & President, Kumaraguru College of Technology

  • Dr Sonal Minocha -  Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), Bournemouth University

Brief overview of Bournemouth University ( BU )

  • 17,000 students of which 1,500 are international students from around 130 countries

  • Only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice in the UK

  • The university is a powerful player in the economic and cultural life of South West England.

  • Hub of a network of educational, business and local government partners and also played part in the region’s preparations for the 2012 Olympics.


Festival of learning India

  • BU’s Festival of Learning India is an exciting platform for international public engagement that celebrates learning, disseminates cutting edge research and delivers impact across borders.

  • It provides a forum for researchers, educators, policy-makers, businesses, learners, and the wider community, to engage in a week-long programme that fosters a dynamic exchange on how research, education and practice can enrich the global society within which we live and work.

  • 16 member delegation from BU will be coming over to Chennai as part of the festival


Why you should attend the festival

  1. Interaction with some of the best academic experts from UK.

  2. Networking: In transferring and exchanging ideas with other influential delegates from education and business sectors who have been invited to the festival

  3. Scope of enhancing marketing opportunities and collaborations 

  4. Exposure of your company  in our website, newsletters and social media channels

'Festival of Learning' will be of tremendous benefits to those experts who have a keen interest in the rapidly transforming education sector and would like to be benefited tremendously from these direct dialogues and discussions. Bringing together stakeholders from higher education, policy and industry, the festival will provide a unique platform to take education and learning in imaginative new directions.


Proposed Agenda*

9:00 am            Coffee and registration | Leela Palace


9:30am             Welcome remarks

                         Dr Sonal Minocha -  Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), Bournemouth University

                         Chief guest:

                         Sashi Kumar - Chairman, Media Development Foundation & Asian College of Journalism


10:00 am         Keynote address

                        Shankar Vanavarayar -  Entrepreneur & President, Kumaraguru College of Technology


10:45 am         Refreshments


11:00 am         Panel discussion          
                        Developing Indian talent for the global world: what should education look like in the future?

                        Ms. Jana Kuncova  -, Bournemouth University - (Chair)

                        Prof S Armstrong - University of Madras,

                        Ms. BinduBhaskar - Asian College of Journalism

                        Ms. Jaishree Damodaran -  Trustee, Agaram Foundation.

12:00 am          Keynote address

                         Ms.Mahalakshmi Saravanan - Founder, Women Entrepreneurs India


12:45 pm          Networking lunch and close of morning session


7:00 pm           Policy report release by C K Kumaravel, Founder, Naturals Salon | Leela Palace

                        Release of Global Talent in India: Challenges and Opportunities for Skills Development in Higher Education,followed by networking 


Express your interest

Express your interest using your organisation's email ID. Only organisations which fits the requirements of the festival will be mailed an official invitation


To express interest to attend the session on ""Global Education 2050: The Future of Learning in India and UK"" from 9 AM to 2 PM

To express interest to attend the press event about release of Global Talent Policy report from 7 PM to 9.30 PM

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