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About the Conference

The SIU-AIU Conference will be held in the city of Pune, India, on 6th and 7th April 2018. A curtain raiser in the form of a roundtable discussion will be held before the conference on 5th April 2018.

The conference is titled ‘Internationalisation at Home: Strategies for building global, international and intercultural (GII) competencies’ and is organised jointly by the Association of Indian Universities (SIU-AIU) and the Symbiosis International (Deemed University).

This is the second international conference organised jointly by SIU-AIU. The first conference titled ‘The changing landscape of internationalisation of higher education’ was held in April 2017 and was highly successful in generating valuable discussions amongst over 200 vice chancellors, senior policymakers and academicians from across India with national/international experts including Dr Furqan Qamar, Dr Philip Altbach, Dr Ellen Hazelkorn, Jamil Salmi, Esther Brimmer, Darla Deardorff and Dr Jandhyala Tilak.

The 2018 Conference promises to continue this initiative on nurturing a deeper understanding of the various aspects of internationalisation of higher education in India. “Internationalization at Home is the purposeful integration of international and intercultural dimensions into the formal and informal curriculum for all students within domestic learning environments.” (Beelen and Jones, 2015)

It is hoped that the conference will advance new dialogues around the subject of building global, international and intercultural competencies amongst Indian students, staff and faculty and its critical importance today. This conference assumes great importance as India has responded to the world rankings phenomenon with national excellence initiatives including the formation of the National Institutional Rankings Framework (NIRF), overall reforms and restructuring of higher education, and the plans for setting up institutes of eminence. Against this background, it is critical that we spur the national discourse on offering a truly internationalised university experience to all stakeholders as we prepare to face a globalised and dynamic future

Key Speakers

Event Details

Internationalisation@ Home: Rationale and Concept

Universities must help 98% of the student/faculty community (who will probably never experience cross-border mobility) prepare for a globally relevant life.Universities must ensure that students are prepared for professional careers and lives by inculcating global, international and intercultural (GII) competencies required for being successful wherever they choose to live and work.

120 mins

Tea Break

30 mins

Inaugural Function:

Dr. D. P. Singh, Chairman, UGC

Guests of Honour:
Prof. P.B. Sharma, President AIU*
Prof. Vinay Sahasrabudhe, Chairperson, ICCR*
Prof Furqan Qamar, Secretary General, SIU-AIU

Keynote Address:
Prof Hans de Wit, Director, Center for International Higher Education (CIHE), Lynch School of Education, Boston College, USA.
Dr S. B. Mujumdar, Chancellor, SIU
Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar, Pro Chancellor SIU
Dr. Rajani Gupte, Vice Chancellor SIU

120 mins


60 mins

Track 2: Promoting Global, International and Intercultural (GII) Competencies

This session will focus on the expectation from the employer point of view corporate goverment, social and other sectors. What competencies do individuals and teams need to succeed in the professional space in the future? What do organizations expect from higher educational institutions based on their perception/prediction of their future needs? What does the global workplace look like in the future and what should students learn today?

180 mins

Track 3: Internationalisation of the Curriculum: Formal and Informal: Formal and Informal

What reforms and changes are required in the higher education campuses and classrooms so as nurture students withe the desired global, international and intercultural competencies to succeed in the future? How can the curriculum of educational programmes be internationalised adequately so as to help students prepare effectively to thrive internationally run organizations within the country and outside?

120 mins

Tea Break

30 mins

Keynote Address:

Chief Guest: Shri Prakash Javadekar
Hon'ble Minister for Human Resource Development, Govt. of India.

60 mins


60 mins

Track 4 : Facing Challenges and Busting Myths related to IaH

While internationalising the curriculum and the campus, in a bid to preparing Students to be successful 21st century employees/employers, what are the challenges higher education institutes are likely to face? How will these changes impact the indianness of our educational programmes and its ethos? Is it the responsibility of higher education to prepare all students for the globalized world or should this be a student choice? Does IaH translate into overall better student preparedness for the future?

180 mins


Conference Mentors

Dr S.B. Mujumdar

Founder & President,
Symbiosis Chancellor,
Symbiosis International
(Deemed University)

Dr Vidya Yeravdekar

Pro Chancellor, SIU and Principal Director, Symbiosis

Dr Rajani Gupte

Vice Chancellor,
Symbiosis International
(Deemed University)

Dr Anita Patankar

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


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.

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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.

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Who should attend ?

The Conference is organized to explore internationalization 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 internationalization 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 internationalization. This will include wide-ranging subjects such as the varied theoretical concepts in understanding internationalization of higher education, internationalization in respect of the regulatory framework and public policy, internationalization as an institutional mission and organizational practice, “best practices” 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 “high-skills,” modern advances in pedagogy, and student success and retention. 

The Conference will also explore the contribution of internationalization to the reinforcement of global “knowledge networks” and “knowledge diplomacy”.  

Why should you attend ?

The Conference will make an appeal for internationalization of higher education, while placing emphasis on “internationalization at home” and the specific context of Indian institutions.

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

The concept of internationalization 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 internationalization 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 "internationalization-informed".

Higher education, the core of human resource development, must embrace the “global knowledge economy” model if a country aspires to succeed in nation-building exercises and scale the global value chains. It is inferred that the concept of internationalization, 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 2018
Government officials Rs. 0 /-
Academicians / NGOs / Any other Rs. 0 /-
Research Scholars Rs. 0 /-
Students Rs. 0 /-
International Delegates for IHE 2018
All delegates USD 0
Registration fee covers participation in the two-day deliberations (April 6 and 7), conference kit, tea, snacks & lunch, commuting to conference venue from Symbiosis S. B. Road Pune (to & fro) & participation certificate.
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S.B.Road, Pune , Post Box No 411004
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S.B.Road, Pune, Post Box No 411016, India
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Address :

Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Gram: Lavale, Tal: Mulshi, Dist: Pune.

Telephone :

+91 20 25671905, +91 20 25659209
10 am to 6 pm (IST)