300 people came together for the second edition of the Knowledge Summit, held at the Université de Lyon

From October 17, 2019 to October 18, 2019

On October 17 and 18, the Université de Lyon hosted the second edition of the Knowledge Summit, a joint French-Indian summit dedicated to higher education, research and innovation. 300 people from both countries gathered for the occasion, in the company of Minister Frédérique Vidal, to draw up a common strategy to tackle the major future societal challenges.

The summit was organized by the French Embassy in India, in partnership with the Université de Lyon, the Emlyon Business School and the Lumière Lyon 2 and Jean Moulin Lyon 3 universities on the French side, and the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) on the Indian side.

More than 300 high-level participants, including presidents and representatives of Indian and French higher education institutions, research organizations, companies, competitiveness centers, start-up centers, and government bodies from both countries, attended the opening ceremony and took part in the two-day interactive sessions, which gave participants the opportunity to develop their scientific and academic collaborations and to launch practical initiatives in priority areas, including:

• Smart cities: electric mobility;
• Smart cities: urban planning and architecture;
• Aviation and aerospace;
• Agriculture food processing;
• Renewable energy;
• Artificial intelligence and mathematics;
• Encouraging the use of plant-based natural resources;
• Marine sciences;
• Strengthening employability and entrepreneurship.

This summit resulted in the signing of some fifteen agreements. The first Knowledge Summit in 2018, opened by the French President, Emmanuel Macron, also saw the signing of several agreements, including the inter-governmental agreement for the mutual recognition of certificates and diplomas. This agreement now means that academic qualifications are mutually recognized in both countries, thus promoting student mobility.

Mr. Khaled Bouabdallah, president of the Université de Lyon stated:

I am delighted that the second Knowledge Summit will be held at the Université de Lyon. This French-Indian summit highlights the network of institutions which are the driving force behind the academic, scientific and entrepreneurial collaborations between our two countries. This two day event will be attended by a range of prestigious guests, with discussions focusing on the major future societal challenges: renewable energy, smart cities, artificial intelligence and many others; all matters in which international collaboration is now essential.

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