PC: Avel Chuklanov

Head of University Partnerships

Join us

We're looking for a new Head of University Partnerships to further strengthen the Indo-Swiss ties in Academia. You'll be heading a team in a full-time, permanent contract.

  • Industry

    Government relations

  • Start date

    1 st May 2021, or as per negotiation Application

Tasks and responsibilities

Strategic development of University partnerships and relations:
– Implement and monitor existing mandates with Swiss higher education institutions. Propose and help to acquire new mandates based on the overall strategy.
– Develop strategic partnerships with Indian and Swiss stakeholders to build networks and programs
– Facilitate and support academic relations between Indian & Swiss institutions and academia-industry partnerships.
– Responsible for implementation of various academic programs (i.e. India Industry Internship Program, K2A, INSSINC, ThinkSwiss, Research.Swiss)
– Explore and promote new funding opportunities for Indo-Swiss collaboration, in partnership with Swiss Embassy
– Contribute to Nextrends Asia and popular media platforms through articles, videos etc.

Program management in thematic focus areas:
– Overall responsibility for program conception for thematic focus areas including planning, management and controlling within the annual planning of swissnex India activities.
– Plan promotion and visibility strategy for programs with the communications team. Provide content for digital and analogue communications.

Collaboration with the Swiss network:
– Undertake projects in collaboration with the swissnex network and the Swiss network in India to promote Indo-Swiss S&T collaborations
– Manage relevant mandate activities with the swissnex network (eg. Research.Swiss)

Strategic Planning and Administration:
– Support CEO in annual and strategic planning (LdM) of the organisation activities
– Plan and define the right mix between events, desk research and mandate implementation
– Responsible for overall supervision of project management, CRM and finance processes for programs and mandates related to University partnerships team

Team management:
– Manage and guide team members (incl. Interns); responsible for guiding and motivating the team; suggest/implement training for career development.
– Lead larger project teams for high-visibility programs which includes working with cross-functional teams within and outside the organisation


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    Exposure to academic and non-academic institutions in India and Switzerland; additional exposure to startup ecosystem

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    Access to people and networks in the areas of science and higher education; additional exposure to people and networks in the areas of innovation

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    Work in a multi-cultural, international environment, Interaction and learning from a dynamic team with varied experiences and backgrounds

Requirements and profile

– Indian citizen or legal resident of India
– Master’s or PhD degree holder preferably in science or engineering or related field; a background in sustainability or energy-related topics would be a plus
– Proven record (7+ years) of work in international academic relations
– Superior written and oral English language skills, knowledge of one of the Swiss official languages would be a plus
– Demonstrated leadership in taking initiative, solve complex problems, to work independently with excellent understanding of pro-active stakeholder management
– Ability to work in a dynamic team, to set priorities and deliver in time, and to work on several projects in parallel. Compelling at C-Level interactions: brings knowledge and reason for partners to engage

Interested? Apply now

Please apply at [email protected] before 7 March 2021.

Applications without a motivation letter will not be considered.