Application-oriented system of study can attract international collaborations

Finding an institution on an equal footing, establishing trust and setting common goals are key to a successful partnership between universities across the globe, said speakers at a symposium in Bishop Heber College, here.

The international symposium on partnership in higher education was organised by the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of the college to deliberate on opportunities and challenges in collaborations between universities in various parts of the world.

In the opening session, John Brinkman, dean, Science and Social Sciences, Liverpool Hope University, UK, spoke about common ground that universities need to cover to establish a partnership. He also mentioned possible collaborations between Liverpool University, UK and India.

There is a need for standardization of research and introducing application oriented way of study in India to attract international collaborations, said Anuta Madhok, director, Open Space Consulting Private Limited, Mumbai. Comparing aptitude, lifestyle and academic routine of Indian and foreign students, Ms. Madhok spoke at length on selection and placement of students internationally, under partnerships.

Karunanithi, associate dean, Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), dwelt on the preparedness required of an institution and its faculty before exploring international collaborations. Mr. Karunanithi, threw light on the types of collaboration, list of funding organisations. Collaborations between universities can enhance quality of research, said Subramanian Babu, professor, VIT. Studying abroad can provide students greater exposure, wider range of experience and make them more competent, he felt. Umesh Samuel, dean, IQAC spoke.