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Glocalising innovation: Coimbatore story

The UK alumni meet 2016 in partnership with Association of British Scholars, Coimbatore will take place on Friday, 18 March 2016.


Globally, as nations are warming up to the fact that innovation is the key to sustainable future and inclusive development, Coimbatore is a living example of a city built on entrepreneurship and innovation. The innovation factor of Coimbatore has always been alive and consistent making it one of India’s most entrepreneurial cities showing undying zeal to adapt and innovate. Besides traditional industries, such as automobile components, textile machinery and pumps, Coimbatore’s entrepreneurs are now leaders in healthcare, education, retail and agriculture. This city is an emerging hub for digital innovation and technology based start-up community.

With increasing demands for innovative products to meet both local and global challenges, this session explores the following questions:

  • how can we now encourage innovation for societal development?
  • what are the skills required from youth to face next generation industrial demands?
  • what are the challenges in imparting the right skills for the right profession?
  • how to encourage a unique innovation platform in Coimbatore?
  • what are the best practices we can learn from other countries?

UK alumni meet 2016

The aim of the UK alumni meet 2016 is to better engage with Chevening scholars and UK alumni in South India, as well as strengthen Britain’s bilateral relationship at the regional level. This year’s alumni meet in partnership with Association of British Scholars, Coimbatore and British Council intends to network with the city based educational and industrial leaders to explore mutually beneficial partnerships. The overarching theme for the alumni event is ‘glocalising innovation’. The event brings two interactive panel discussions led by Coimbatore based leaders and innovators focussing on employability skills for the future and innovation ecosystem of Coimbatore.

Further information

  • Date: 18 March 2016
  • Time: 1630 – 1920
  • Venue: Tango 1, Vivanta by Taj Surya, Coimbatore

  • UK Alumni Meet 2016 (PDF, 431KB, 8 pages)

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Published 17 March 2016