Aidan Ridyard, director at global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan, was the first speaker on the second day of the higher education conference at Building Future Education (BFE) India on 6th April. Inaugurated by Kapil Sibal, Hon Minister for Human Resource Development, BFE India was the first conference in India to involve public and private sectors stakeholders across the ‘K-12’ to higher education sectors, with the practice being the event’s official ‘Gold Partner’.
Aidan, who leads the practice’s global education team and spoke on the theme of ‘Transforming Educational Environments’, said: “We are really excited to be meeting and sharing ideas with colleagues in India. We have a great deal to learn from each other and are looking forward to evolving relationships, ideas and projects in what is a new and dynamic market.
“Education is embedded in India's culture and society and this is a particularly important time to participate in the debate about the future of the country's learning environments."
Education is a major focus of India’s federal government, which is expected to invest $100 billion between 2012-2017, with the national government also planning to invest $20 billion in technology and information communications technology. The private sector is also predicted to invest an additional $30 billion in the country’s K12 sector.
800 private engineering colleges, 60 medicals colleges and 300 MBA colleges are due to open in 2012, as India develops a knowledge-based economy with education provision for all, which is set to accelerate the country’s position as a global economic power.
Broadway Malyan’s recently-completed education projects include the £66 million Bournville College campus in Birmingham, UK. The state-of-the-art further education facility has provided students and staff with one of the most contemporary learning environments in Europe.
The practice opened its Mumbai office in mid-2011, as part of its continued international growth strategy and to spearhead its strategic push into India and targeting of the education, masterplanning, mixed use, hospitality, residential, healthcare and retail sectors.