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About SIU

Symbiosis is an educational institution established by Dr. S B Mujumdar in 1971 to promote international understanding through quality education. It comprises of 55 institutions, 32 of which are under the ambit of Symbiosis International (Deemed University). These institutions offer programmes in fields like Management, Law, Health & Biological Sciences, Information Technology, Engineering, Design, Media, Telecommunications, Geo-informatics, Languages etc.

Our Management, Media, Law and Computer Science Institutes have been consistently ranked amongst the top ten in the country. Symbiosis International (Deemed University) has been ranked amongst top 50 Universities in India by National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF), Government of India. The University has also been ranked amongst the top 250 Universities in Asia and top 150 in BRICS by QS World University rankings survey 2018. The University is re-accredited by NAAC with Grade 'A' and CGPA of 3.58 on a four point scale. Symbiosis has over 38,000 students from all States of India and over 85 countries across the globe. Symbiosis epitomizes the motto of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam - the world is one family.

Management, Media, Law and Computer Science Institutes have been consistently ranked amongst the top ten institutes in the country.

SIU is ranked No.1 in the SWACHA Campus Rankings 2018 by the Government of India

The University has been re-accredited by NAAC with Grade 'A' and CGPA of 3.58 on a four point scale.

Symbiosis International (Deemed University) has been graded as a Category-I University by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

About IHE 2019

The SIU-AIU Conference will be held in the city of Pune, India, on 5th and 6th April 2019. A curtain raiser in the form of a roundtable discussion will be held before the conference on 4th April 2019.

The conference is titled ‘Building Sustainable Partnerships towards Collaborative International Learning’ and is organised jointly by the Association of Indian Universities (SIU-AIU) and the Symbiosis International (Deemed University).

While some higher education institutions promote a high number of international partnerships as a successful outcome of international engagement, other institutions focus on and encourage more activity within a targeted region with a smaller number of strategic partnerships. Institutions now are becoming increasingly cautious about who they partner with and are abandoning their earlier practice of signing collaboration agreements without strategic consideration. Institutions with a deliberate strategic commitment to international partnering pay more attention to the outcome of these cooperation agreements. Looking for ‘synergy potential’ partners, ensuring leadership and institutional commitment, sharing of common objectives and policies, facilitating regular exchange of faculty, staff and students, organising collaborative seminars/workshops/conferences work well to ensure success and sustainability of the partnerships.


Prof. Jeanne Keay,

Pro Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement), Leeds Beckett University, UK.

Dr. Jos Beelen,

Professor of Global Learning, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands.

Ms. Jane Mitchell,

EAIE Leadership Trainer, UK.

Prof. Furqan Qamar,

Secretary General, AIU.

Prof. Sandeep Sancheti,

President, AIU.

Shri R. Subrahmanyam,

Secretary (HE), MHRD.

Prof. Hans De Wit,

Professor & Director, Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) , Boston College , USA.

Mr. Jon Rubin,

Director, COIL Consulting, USA.

Prof. Verónica Rodríguez Luna,

Professor & Incharge – COIL, Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico.

Dr. Kieko Ikeda,

Professor in the Division of International Affairs, and KU-COIL Coordinator, Kansai University, Japan.

Dr Suzanne M. Babich,

Associate Dean of Public Health, Indiana University, USA.

Mr. N Saravana Kumar,

Joint Secretary (ICC & TEL), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

Prof. (Dr.) Kieko Ikeda,

Professor in the Division of International Affairs, and KU-COIL Coordinator , Kansai University, Japan.

Ms. Santwana Dasgupta,

Director, Education Program, The Asia Foundation – Afghanistan.

Mr. Diptiman Das,

Chairman & Managing Director, EdCIL.

Dr. Mark Frederiks,

Coordinator of European Consortium for Accreditation(ECA).

Dr. Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic,

Consultant of international higher education;Former Chief of Section of UNESCO, Former Director of CHEA/CIQG, Master of Detao Academy.

Ms. Shobha Mishra Ghosh,

Assistant Secretary General, FICCI.

Prof. Rupmanjiri Ghosh,

VC- Shiv Nadar University

Event Details

Round Table Discussion in association with EdCIL(India) Limited

‘Building a Sustainable Study in India Program’
Positioning India as a quality higher education provider

This round table will focus on the recently launched ‘Study in India’ program unveiled by the Government of India in partnership with universities across the country. Stakeholders including members of the team which envisioned this ambitious program, key leaders from the ministries of human resource development, commerce and external affairs, UGC and member universities will engage in a freewheeling discussion with representatives from ministries and embassies of partner nations. The stage will then be set for the next two days for university leaders and other stakeholders to navigate the ever-evolving realm of academic partnerships in the 21st century showcasing successful models of strategic partnerships across the globe through expert presentations, case studies and interactions.

Sub Themes :

  1. Study in India: Vision and Challenges
  2. Study in India: Gaining Competitive Advantage

Round Table Discussion in association with EdCIL: ‘Building a Sustainable Study in India Program’ Positioning India as a quality higher education provider 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, 4th April 2019

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 Rajani Gupte

Vice Chancellor,
Symbiosis International
(Deemed University)

Prof. Hans de Wit

Professor and Director, Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) at Boston College, USA

Conference Convener

Dr Vidya Yeravdekar

Pro Chancellor, SIU and Principal Director, Symbiosis

Organising Secretary

Prof Anita Patankar

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

Organizing Partner


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 2019.

Approximate distance to reach venue of IHE 2019, 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 ?

This Conference will bring together stakeholders from education institutes, regulatory and accreditation agencies, world ranking associations and international collaboration networks to deliberate on the importance and challenge of creating and sustaining strategic partnerships with a focus on how collaborative learning can enhance the teaching- learning environment in classrooms. The pre-conference Round-Table will discuss and deliberate on the nuts and bolts behind establishing strategic partnerships. This will set the stage for the next two days for showcasing successful models of strategic partnerships across the globe through case studies and interactions.

Why should you attend ?

Platforms and networks like International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP), Erasmus+ Horizon2020, United States India Educational Foundation (USIEF) are a few popularly known initiatives for guiding colleges and universities to develop strategies for creating and sustaining different modes of meaningful partnerships. Their focus is knowledge sharing and adopting of best practices.

The current debate on the measurement and assessment of internationalisation focuses on specific instruments (study abroad, mobility, recruitment, etc) or institutional policy (strategy documents, internal structures, etc). Less attention seems to be devoted to the challenging measurability of the broad and far-reaching goals or strategic objectives of a university’s internationalisation strategy.


Indian Delegates for IHE 2019
Speaker (By Invite) Rs. 0 /-
Government officials Rs. 5000 /-
Academicians / NGOs / Any other Rs. 3500 /-
Research Scholars Rs. 1500 /-
Students Rs. 1003 /-
International Delegates for IHE 2019
All delegates USD
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.
Details of the Accounts Department
Email id:
Contact No: +91 020 – 25925266
Bank Details
Beneficiary Name & Address Symbiosis International (Deemed University).
S.B.Road, Pune , Post Box No 411004
Beneficiary Bank Name & Address Axis Bank Ltd
S.B.Road, Pune, Post Box No 411016, India
Beneficiary Bank Account No
Beneficiary Bank Swift Code
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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)