On 27th March 2019, a high level delegation consisting of three members from the University of Northampton (UoN), United Kingdom (UK) visited the Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI), Noida.
The delegation consisted of Ms. Deborah Mattock (Director of HR, Marketing & International Relations), Mr. Matthew Haines (Head of International & E.U. Marketing & Recruitment) and Mr. Puneet Malhotra, Head South Asia.
The delegation met Mr. Arun Kumar Sinha, IAS, Managing Director (MD), FDDI and Mr. Vikas Verma, IRSME, Executive Director (ED), FDDI and had a long discussion.
The objective of the visit of the delegation was to discuss the execution side of articulation agreement including recruitment potential, support required and commission as per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two institutions on 7th February 2018 for mutual cooperation and support in the area of education, research, students and faculty exchange etc.
Sharing the details, Mr. Arun Kumar Sinha, IAS, MD, FDDI said, “The study tour for a batch of students from various campuses of FDDI has been finalized in the month of September 2019. The timelines and the modalities of other activities have also been discussed in detail and finalized.”
The delegation discussed the modalities, the timeline and further engagements & cooperation to take-up the activities further, as agreed under the cooperation.
Appreciating the activities as taken up by FDDI under INI status for the development and growth of the footwear and allied sector, Ms. Deborah said, “The collaboration of UoN which is into similar domain, being an University with prestigious Ashoka A status, with FDDI, is going to be very purposeful and desired even for the other potential countries.”
Post-INI, FDDI has been continuously evolving by pursuing and inculcating several innovative ways of teaching, learning and experience sharing by industry-academia collaboration.