Round Table Discussion : 8th April 2017

Conference : 9th and 10th April 2017

SIU Lavale Campus, Pune, India

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Speakers at the Conference

  • Professor Jane KnightThe Ontario Institute for Education, University of Toronto
  • Professor Hans de WitDirector of the Center for International Higher Education, Boston College
  • Professor Ellen HazelkornPolicy Advisor to the Higher Education Authority (HEA), Emeritus Professor
    Director,Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU), Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
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Conference Overview

The conference on "The Changing Landscape of Internationalisation of Higher Education" and is being organized jointly by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and the Symbiosis International University (SIU).

The SIU-AIU Conference will be held in the city of Pune, Maharashtra, India, from 9th to 10th April 2017. A Curtain Raiser in the form of a Round Table Discussion will be held on 8th April, 2017.

Pune has been in the vanguard of international education which is prominently evident in the way the city draws large number of international students. Therefore, it is befitting that this event is being held in the city of Pune, which has rightly earned the sobriquet of "Oxford of the East".

This is an exciting time for Pune as this Conference intends to discuss and deliberate on the dynamics of Internationalisation of Higher Education in the country and across borders .This event shall mark the beginning of a new phase in the initiatives on Internationalisation of higher education in India. The theme of the event and the scope of its reach, makes the Conference, an unprecendented and extraordinary event.
It is hoped that the event will initiate new dialogues around the subject and create a wellspring of yet unexplored perspectives and opportunities.


Conference Schedule

Round Table Discussion :

02:30 pm - 06:00 pm

Building World Class Universities

08:00 pm

Networking Dinner

Track 1: Creating an ecosystem for Internationalisation

09:00 am - 11:00 am

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Tea Break

Inaugural Function

11:30 am - 01:30 pm

Chief guest: Hon'ble Minister of Human Resource Development, Shri. Prakash Javadekar

01:30 pm - 02:30 pm


Track 2 : Cross-border Higher Education

02:30 pm - 05:30 pm

08:00 pm


Track 3: Internationalisation@home

09:30 am - 01:00 pm

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm


Track 4 : Building Successful Partnerships

02:00 pm - 04:30 pm

Track Details

The¬†Conference will provide an engaging¬†forum to widen the attendees‚Äô¬†knowledge base and revitalize networking opportunities with¬†peers.¬†The organizing committee is responsible for conducting the many programs of the¬†two-day¬†Conference, which¬†will be preceded by a Curtain Raiser to the conference on 8th April; a Round Table Discussion on ‚ÄėBuilding World Class Universities‚Äô especially for the vice chancellors, senior faculty/administrators and representatives from educational agencies and government departments.

Day 1 : 9th April

Track Description
Track 1: Creating an ecosystem for Internationalisation

Creating and sustaining an ecosystem supportive of Internationalisation requires a clear understanding of Internationalisation and its benefits, institutional support including top management commitment, the required regulatory framework and public policy.

Focused attention to the aspects of leadership, technology, people & culture, process and structure will assist universities to set up an enabling ecosystem for Internationalisation.

Track 2 : Cross-border Higher Education

Cross-border higher education is the institutionalization of the provision of higher education across national borders. It is considered to be an umbrella term encompassing transnational/borderless/offshore education and refers to the mobility of all aspects of higher education: institution, programme, faculty and students.

This assumes higher importance today as nations, institutions and students place a premium on the competitive edge provided by Internationalisation.

It however faces criticism today due to its being considered elitist at all levels, its perceived inability to help create an egalitarian society, and other recent security related issues.

Day 2 : 10th April

Track Description
Track 3: Internationalisation@home

Universities must help the majority of the student/faculty community (who will not experience cross-border mobility) prepare for a globally relevant life. ‚ÄėInternationalizing the Campus‚Äô helps focus attention holistically on the education being offered, including ways of making the curriculum, learning outcomes, learning and teaching processes, research, instructional delivery, assessments and evaluations globally relevant.

Universities must ensure that students are prepared for global careers and lives by focusing on inculcating global and cross cultural competencies.

Track 4 : Building Successful Partnerships

Universities must invest time and energy in building partnerships with foreign universities and institutions including quality assessment and ranking agencies, mobility providers and education support agencies so as to leverage available opportunities and build excellence across all institutional spaces.

Agencies such as DAAD, ERASMUS, USIEF, British Council and organisations such as NAAC and APQN can prove to be supportive in offering a globally valued and locally relevant education to all their students.

Amidst these will be presentations on select research papers and artistic posters related to the theme of the event as well as an illuminating documentary, which will present the students’ experiences and opinions on the subject.

The sessions are designed to be highly interactive. The track sessions, keynote lectures, panel discussions, and poster and paper presentations are all designed to present as comprehensive a collage of information and ideas as a two-day event could possibly offer.


List of confirmed speakers
  • Professor Jane Knight, The Ontario Institute for Education, University of Toronto
  • Professor Ellen Hazelkorn , Policy Advisor to the¬†Higher Education Authority (HEA), Emeritus Professor and Director,Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU), Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
  • Professor Jamil Salmi, Global Tertiary Education Expert.
  • Dr. Goolam Mohammedbai, Former President of Mauritius University, former President of Association of Commonwealth Universities, former President of International Association of Universities, former General Secretary of African Association of Universities
  • Professor. Darla Deardorff, Executive Director for Association of International Education Administrators, Duke University
  • Professor. NV Vargese, Director of the Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education, NUEPA
  • Professor. V.S. Chauhan, Chairman, EC, NAAC; Member UGC
  • Dr. Miki Sugimara, Vice President for Academic Exchange and Professor of Comparative and International Education, Sophia University, Tokyo.
  • Dr. Manju Singh, Joint Secretary, ICC, University Grants Commission (UGC)
  • Ms. Sangeeta Saxena, Additional Economic Advisor, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India
  • Mr. Rakesh Ranjan, Joint Secretray, (ICC, Planning & Monitoring), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India
  • Shri Praveen Kumar, Joint Secretary, Admin, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India
  • Professor Furqan Qamar, Secretary General, Association of Indian Universities (AIU)
  • Mr. Ashwin Fernandes, QS Quacquarelli Symonds
  • Dr. Jagannath Patil, Adviser, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Founder Chairperson, Asia Pacific Quality Register (APQR), Immediate Past President, APQN and INQAAHE
  • Dr. Rajika Bhandari, Ph.D., Deputy Vice President, Research and Evaluation; Director, IIE Center for Academic Mobility Research and Impact, Institute of International Education (IIE), New York
  • Professor. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE
  • Dr D.P. Singh, Director NAAC
  • Professor Hans de Wit, Professor, Director of the Center for International Higher Education, Boston College
  • Professor Philip Altbach, Research Professor and Director, Center for International Higher Education
  • Professor Esther Brimmer, Executive Director and CEO, NAFSA
  • Dr. Diptiman Das, Chairman & Managing Director, EdCIL Indian Ltd

Who should attend ?

The Conference is organized to explore Internationalisation in a comprehensive and multi-level framework. It will focus on elaborating an analytic outline that challenges institutions and educationists to open the opportunities for international education to all those who comprise the higher education co-hort. The discussions are planned with a definitive focus to emphasize operability by delving into grounded practices to infuse a home-grown ethos of Internationalisation across all common institutional spaces. 

  The sub-themes are anchored in a context that does not assume generous resources or extra-institutional policy incentives. The track sessions are designed around the idea that institutions must be introspective as they devise strategy to re-define academic and other spaces resourcefully.

¬† Highlighted in the sessions will be the significance of creating an institutional ecosystem for Internationalisation. This will include wide-ranging subjects such as the varied theoretical concepts in understanding Internationalisation of higher education, Internationalisation in respect of the regulatory framework and public policy, Internationalisation as an institutional mission and organizational practice, ‚Äúbest practices‚ÄĚ across institutions, limitations of cross-border mobility, and inter-cultural integration. Also explored will be the academic practices that serve the goal of positive student learning outcomes, including elements of¬†curricular and co-curricular learning¬†environments, the role of¬†technology,¬†cross-cultural¬†proficiencies, global competencies¬†in ‚Äúhigh-skills,‚Ä̬†modern¬†advances in pedagogy,¬†and student success and retention.¬†

¬† The Conference will also explore the contribution of Internationalisation to the reinforcement of global ‚Äúknowledge networks‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúknowledge diplomacy‚ÄĚ.¬†¬†

The Conference is expected to harness strategies, expertise, and resources in Internationalisation across the widest spectrum of the higher education community in India and abroad.

The Conference will host educationists, institution leaders, academics, and researchers from around the world. Renowned Indian policy makers, legislators, civil servants, and members of civil society organizations will participate in the discussions. Members of many international and regional organizations devoted to Internationalisation will join in, as will representatives of foreign embassies, including consuls and education attaché. It is relatable that delegates from organizations engaged in global academic rankings will share their views in the discussions and workshops. Vice Chancellors of institutions in India and neighboring countries and subject experts in the field of Internationalisation will lead the discussions. A robust network of delegates, committee members, and enthusiastic volunteers from AIU and Symbiosis will ensure smooth functioning of the scheduled programs.

Why should you attend ?

The Conference will make an appeal for Internationalisation of higher education, while placing emphasis on ‚ÄúInternationalisation at home‚Ä̬†and the specific context of Indian institutions.

Internationalisation has long been considered an unquestioned, self-evident goal in higher education. Nonetheless, the emergence of globalization necessitates that Internationalisation be seen not merely as an extraneous ‚Äúnice to add‚ÄĚ advantage but¬†a¬†persuasive intention to thrive in the global higher education landscape, which¬†has unique occupational and entrepreneurial interests.

  The concept of Internationalisation refers to academic cross-border mobility, which includes student and faculty mobility, program mobility.

It has however been demonstrated that only two percent of the total higher education demographic across the globe is internationally mobile. It is the remaining ninety-eight percent of students for whom the conversation on Internationalisation at home assumes particular significance. There is a paradigm shift, which encourages institutions to look inwards at re-defining institutional-academic processes and practices such that they are "Internationalisation-informed".

¬† Higher education, the core of human resource development,¬†must¬†embrace the ‚Äúglobal¬†knowledge economy‚Ä̬†model if a country aspires to succeed in nation-building exercises and scale the global value chains. It is inferred that the concept of Internationalisation, as it has traditionally been understood, is due a review. The salience of higher education systems in developing countries warrants¬†perspective¬†alteration¬†to facilitate workability¬†in the higher education¬†sector¬†and¬†the¬†graduate¬†labour¬†market.


Indian Delegates for IHE 2017

Students of SIU

Rs 1,250

Students / Research Scholars

Rs 5,000

Faculty of SIU

Rs 5,000

Academicians / NGOs / Accompanying persons / Alumni

Rs 6,000

Industry professionals / Government officials

Rs 7,000

Early-bird registration before March 1, 2017: Rs 1,000 concession for Indian Delegates

International Delegates for IHE 2017

All delegates

USD 250

Registration fee covers participation in the two-day deliberations (April 9 and 10), conference kit, tea, snacks & lunch, commuting to conference venue from Symbiosis S. B. Road Pune (to & fro) & participation certificate.

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Call For Papers

  • Invited Papers
  • Papers accepted after Review (Oral and Poster Presentation)
  • Documentation of Speech
  • Selected paper and conference proceeding will be published in reputed and indexed journal/publication with ISSN/ISBN.

Visa Letter Request

Procedure to request an official "Invitation" letter for visa application for conference "IHE 2017".

International delegates may need an invitation letter in order to obtain a visa to visit India. We strongly advise to start the visa application process as early as possible. The event organizers will not be able to contact or intervene with Embassy or Consulate offices on your behalf.

  • Step 1 : Login to IHE 2017 website and register as International delegate. You are required to pay registration fees. Conference Registration details can be found at: For registration Detail Click Here
  • Step 2 : Please send visa letter request on On confirmation of your conference registration, an official invitation letter will be issued.
The following information is required before a letter of invitation will be issued:
  • Name as it appears on your passport
  • Title/Position (Professor, Dr., graduate student, etc.)
  • Institutional address
  • Personal address
  • Email
  • Passport number
  • Date of Birth
  • You should also indicate briefly which conference track you particularly want to attend, and why?

A letter of invitation is issued solely for the purpose of assisting participants with visa applications and/or to obtain funding for their attendance at the conference. Such a letter does not imply any financial obligation on the part of the conference organizers. All letters of invitation are generic in nature and will be signed and sent via secure PDF format that can be printed out by the delegates. No mailed (postal) letters of invitation will be sent.

Please note that "in the absence of the above mentioned information, we will not be able to process your request."


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Directions to Venue

By Air : Pune airport is located about 10 km away from the city centre. Taxis are available from airport to city. Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai are all well-connected to Pune. International travelers can get a connecting flight from Mumbai.

Indigo :A special discount of 5% on base fare on bookings made from now till 31st January, 2017 on all flights within India (Domestic Travel).


  • Flat 3% discount on base fare at the time booking, valid across all destinations flown by GoAir.
  • NIL cancellation charges up to 1 hour prior to departure.
  • NIL Re booking Charges up to 1 hour prior to departure. Only applicable difference in fare (if any) would be charged.
  • Meals and Seating are Complimentary.
  • Above benefits are applicable only on corporate fares.

Please note: These concessions are applicable for domestic travel only.

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By Train : Pune is an important railway junction. Pune is well-linked with all major rail junctions and towns in India.

By Road : Pune is well-connected with all major cities in Maharashtra by state-owned bus services. Private deluxe buses also operate from Goa, Mumbai (200 km) and Hyderabad to Pune.

Approximate distance to reach Symbiosis Campus, Senapati Bapat Road from:

  • Pune Raiway Station: 6.2 kms
  • Shivaji Nagar Railway Station & S.T stand: 4.4 kms
  • Pune Airport:13.5 kms

* Symbiosis arranges buses at pre-fixed schedule from Senapati Bapat Road (S.B.Road) to reach the venue before and on the day of IHE 2017.

Approximate distance to reach venue of IHE 2017, Lavale from:

  • Symbiosis, Senapati Bapat Road (S.B.Road): 15 kms (via Sus Road)
  • Pune Railway Station: 19.2 kms (via Sus Road)
  • Shivaji Nagar Railway Station & S.T stand: 16.5 kms
  • Pune Airport: 25.1 kms (via Sus Road)

* Public transportation direct to the venue is not available.

Venue Snapshots

About Pune

About Pune city

Pune is a sprawling city in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. It was once the base of the Peshwas (prime ministers) of the Maratha Empire, which lasted from 1674 to 1818. It's known for the grand Aga Khan Palace, built in 1892 and now a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, whose ashes are preserved in the garden. The 8th-century Pataleshwar Cave Temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.


Pune has over a hundred educational institutes and more than nine deemed universities apart from the University of Pune, which is the second largest University in the country (based on total number of colleges),[96] students from all over the world studying at the colleges of the University of Pune.

Industrial hub

The emergence of industrial Pune began in the early 1960s, with mechanical engineering industries arriving. Pune's proximity to Mumbai, good climate, and availability of talent made it a destination for large firms like Tata Motors (TELCO then), Thermax, Buckau Wolf (ThyssenKrupp now), Kirloskar Group, KSB Pumps, Cummins, Hindustan Antibiotics, and several others. Serum Institute of India, the world's fifth largest vaccine producer by volume has a manufacturing plant located in Pune.


The collaboration between the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and
Symbiosis International University (SIU) for the purpose of convening this event is an opportune alliance.

The AIU, founded in 1973,¬†is¬†a Government of India organization, which oversees important monitoring and advisory functions and facilitating-coordinating services amongst higher education institutions, the Government of India, and allied agencies. The Association functions as a common platform on which institutions collaborate in cross-exchange of ideas and initiatives and as a leading bureau of information and communication pertaining to higher education. It is of note that the AIU serves an important representative role for institutions: It speaks for and acts on behalf of institutions in India and neighboring countries. (It is relatable that the AIU grants associate membership to many universities in neighboring countries.) The idea of bringing together institutions on a common platform emerged from the deliberations of ‚ÄúConference of the Vice Chancellors of Universities‚ÄĚ in 1924.

The Association is specifically entrusted with the task of promotion of Internationalisation of higher education in India through multiple pathways. The AIU is responsible for coordinating institutional initiatives, collecting and disseminating data on international students, and making recommendations to other Government of India bodies on Internationalisation. It routinely convenes symposia on Internationalisation on behalf of the Government and institutions in India (and neighboring countries).

The Symbiosis International University, Pune, India,¬†is a premier institution in India. The University boasts a sterling academic record, which is consistently vouched for by the NAAC and premier ranking publications. It was established with the express mission to ‚Äúpromote international understanding through quality education‚ÄĚ. The University is part of the larger family of Symbiosis, which was set up in 1971 to champion the cause of welfare of international students in Pune.

The University includes constituent institutes/departments in faculties as diverse as management, law, engineering, design, media and communications, computer studies, health sciences, and humanities and social sciences. The University’s physical presence reaches across the country to campuses in Pune, Nashik, NOIDA, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad. The University, its life-force being Internationalisation, counts amongst its proudest achievements the fact that the number of international students is on a steady ascent, as is the record figure of academic collaborations with foreign institutions. The University has on its grounds students from eighty-five countries! The curriculum, teaching-learning processes, research, and academia-industry interface are at the forefront of global advances, designed with the view to bring home an educational experience that is authentically international.

The goal of Symbiosis Centre for International Education (SCIE) is to streamline the processes related to International Collaborations, participation in International Conferences & Seminars, International Student Mobility, Setting up of Area Study Centres etc. Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar, Principal Director, Symbiosis is the Executive Director of Symbiosis Centre for International Education (SCIE) under the aegis of the Symbiosis International University. The Symbiosis Centre for International Education (SCIE) is a department of the University, providing leadership & support for the University's efforts to internationalize the campus and the curricula.

Above all is emphasized the significance of preparing students for global stewardship.
At Symbiosis, global citizenship is an ideal that is intertwined with social responsibility and volunteerism.
The students, indeed all members, are encouraged to see themselves as responsible contributors to civic life on the global platform.


Conference Mentors

Prof. Dr. S.B. Mujumdar

Founder & President, Symbiosis
Chancellor, Symbiosis International University

Dr. Rajani Gupte

Vice Chancellor
Symbiosis International University


Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar

Principal Director, Symbiosis
Executive Director,
Symbiosis Centre for International Education

Organizing Secretary

Prof. Anita Patankar

Deputy Director, Symbiosis Centre for
International Education,
Director, Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts
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Advisory Committee

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Academic Committee

  • Dr. Veena BhallaJoint Secretary,International & Student Information Services AIU
  • Dr Bhama Venkatramani Dean, Academics & Administration, Symbiosis
  • Dr. Shirish SahasrabudheDirector, ELTIS
  • Dr Shashikala Gurpur Dean, Faculty of Law, SIU
    Director,SLS, Pune
  • Dr Aparna HebbaniDean, Faculty of Media & Communication, SIU
  • Dr Shrirang Altekar Director, SCMS, Noida
  • Dr Ruchi JaggiDirector, Symbiosis School of Media & Communication

Research Committee

  • Dr Urvashi RathodHead, SCRI, SIU
  • Dr Yogesh PatilHead, Research & Publications, SIU
  • Ms. Gauri TiwariResearch Assistant, SCIE
  • Dr Rameshwar DubeyAssociate Professor,SCMHRD
  • Dr Abhishek BehlAssistant Professor, SCMHRD

Organizing Committee

  • Ms. Swati Sahasrabudhe, Sr. ExecutiveInternational Initiatives, Symbiosis Centre for International Education
  • Ms. Amruta Ruikar, Sr. Executive International Promotions & Student Relations, Symbiosis Centre for International Education
  • Ms. Rupali Chaudhary, Sr. Executive International Admission, Symbiosis Centre for International Education
  • Dr Sophia Gaikwad, Head, STLRC Symbiosis International University
  • Mr. Shehrevar Davierwala, Officer Symbiosis Centre for International Education

Promoting International Understanding through Quality Education

Contact Us

Prof. Anita Patankar, Organising Secretary, IHE 2017

+91 20 25659209

10 am to 6 pm (IST)

Senapati Bapat Road,

Pune - 412115, Maharashtra, India