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‘MIT can find solutions to key future challenges but need global partners’

He highlighted issues of health,healthcare and manufacturing and emphasised,“we need global partners.”

Water,food,energy,health,healthcare and manufacturing are the key challenges of the future,and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology can help the world find solutions but not without the help of global partners, said Dr L Rafael Reif,president of MIT.

Addressing a gathering in Mumbai at an event organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) presided by Adi Godrej,Chairman,Godrej Group,Dr Reif spoke on “MIT: An Instrument for Inventing the Future”.

“Water could be the next oil,” said Reif adding that that it’s a looming geopolitical issue and MIT can work towards reducing the burden of water-borne diseases,making mega cities water sustainable,among others.

He highlighted issues of health,healthcare and manufacturing and emphasised,“we need global partners.”

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Dr Reif is in India for a week to meet representatives from the government and industry to discuss and explore opportunities and areas around which MIT can collaborate with India.

He said that MIT has the potential to help invent the future as it is different and has a culture of research and invention.

He,however,added that while MIT’s problem solving ambitions are global,it can’t solve them alone and needs global partners.

While the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been working in Singapore,Abu Dhabi,Russia and other countries in setting up their institute,he said that while he does not see a possibility of opening a MIT campus in India,he likes the idea of collaborating with people to build their own institute.

“Its conceivable that we can do something like that in India but it will be an Indian institute,” said Dr Reif.

Dr Reif said that India can do more on research and invention and it has the potential for it as it has human capital.