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Women's Higher Education for Leadership and Social Innovation

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Post-Event Report

Women’s Higher Education for Leadership and Social Innovation – QS in conversation seminar successfully concludes in Jaipur, India

The three-day QS in conversation seminar, organized in collaboration between QS and Banasthali University, concluded successfully on 15 February 2017 in Jaipur, India.

Under the theme “Women’s Higher Education for Leadership and Social Innovation” delegates from 21 countries, representing 65 institutions joined the event, including representatives from the higher education sector, non-governmental organizations and government. In total 171 participants registered for the seminar.

This year’s QS in conversation started with a spectacular Banasthali University campus tour; spectacular because it included an air show and horse riding, as well as visits to cultural and historic buildings and the campus as a whole. The campus tour was followed by a welcome dinner at Choki Dhani, a resort dedicated to traditional Rajasthan culture. The seminar, mainly held at the ITC Rajputana Palace hotel, included presentations, panel discussions, a debate and a significant number of social activities. Notable speakers included the Honorable Aicha Bah Diallo, a living legend from Guinee, Africa, with deep experience in education policy making, including service as Minister of Education and at the United Nations. The Honorable Datuk Mary Yap, Deputy Minister of Higher Education of Malaysia, and Her Highness Princess Diya Kumari of Jaipur, and also Member of the Legislative Assembly of Rajasthan. Universities from across Asia and the Pacific region, from Saudi Arabia to Fiji to Japan, were represented as speakers. Leaders from the Women’s College Coalition and the National Academy of Sciences of the United States also took to the stage.

While short in time, the seminar left a lasting impression of Jaipur, Rajasthan and especially the warm hospitality and enthusiasm of the young women of Banasthali University on all the QS in conversation participants.