Internationalise Symbiotically in India at Pune

SIU-AIU Conference on Internationalization of Higher Education 2019 Building Strategic Partnerships towards Collaborative International Learning4th-5th-6th April 2019

We at Symbiosis understand the importance of collaborative learning for an international world.

The nature of our global economy, the challenges of solving global problems, the geo political paradigm shifts, the emerging markets and powerhouses in Asia, and the size of the education market and growing importance of global ranking systems, have all contributed to the indisputable importance of internationalisation by all its stakeholders.  

While the time is ripe for internationalisation of higher education, it is also the time to evaluate and plan for the changes required at a national level for internationalisation to be successful in the long run. The government and higher education institutions together must make critical policy changes and provisions for investment in terms of human and financial resources. These investments of time, energy and finance, must be constantly evaluated and balanced with a clear focus on desirable outcomes of these partnerships. The Symbiosis Centre for International Education (SCIE) is organizing the 3rd conference of ‘Understanding Internationalisation of Higher Education’ to deliberate and discuss just these aspects and facilitate a discussion between all stakeholders and policy makers.

I will be chairing a session as part of the pre-conference roundtable on “Study in India: Vision and Challenges”. The other eminent  panelist on it are Dr. N Saravana Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, Ms. Santwana Dasgupta, Director of Education, The Asia Foundation, Afghanistan, Shri R. Ravindra, Joint Secretary ( WS), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, Mr. Diptiman Das, CMD, EDCIL , India, Amb. (Retd) Gautam Bambawale, Former Ambassador to Bhutan & China and Distinguished Professor SIU, India

The Conference features eminent speakers like Chief Guests on the occasion are Shri R. Subrahmanyam, Secretary (HE) Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Guests of Honour are Mr. Eric Falt, Director and UNESCO Representative, Mr Sudhanshu Pandey, Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce, Government of India, Prof. Sandeep Sancheti , President (AIU), Prof. Furqan Qamar, Secretary General, AIU,  and Dr. S.B. Mujumdar, Chancellor, SIU.

Prof. Hans de Wit, Director, Center for International Higher Education (CIHE), Boston College will deliver the keynote address on April 6th  during the inauguration.

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