Round Table Discussion : 8th April 2017
Conference : 9th and 10th April 2017
SIU Lavale Campus, Pune, India
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.
02:30 pm - 06:00 pm
Building World Class Universities
09:00 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am - 11:30 am
11:30 am - 01:30 pm
Chief guest: Hon'ble Minister of Human Resource Development, Shri. Prakash Javadekar
01:30 pm - 02:30 pm
02:30 pm - 05:30 pm
09:30 am - 01:00 pm
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm
02:00 pm - 04:30 pm
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.
|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.
|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‚Äô 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.
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,‚ÄĚ¬†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¬†attach√©. 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.
The Conference will make an appeal for Internationalisation of higher education, while placing emphasis on ‚ÄúInternationalisation at home‚ÄĚ¬†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‚ÄĚ¬†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
Students / Research Scholars
Faculty of SIU
Academicians / NGOs / Accompanying persons / Alumni
Industry professionals / Government officials
Early-bird registration before March 1, 2017: Rs 1,000 concession for Indian Delegates
International Delegates for IHE 2017
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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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.
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.
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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:
* 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:
* Public transportation direct to the venue is not available.
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), students from all over the world studying at the colleges of the University of Pune.
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‚Äôs 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.
Founder & President, Symbiosis
Chancellor, Symbiosis International University
Symbiosis International University
Principal Director, Symbiosis
Symbiosis Centre for International Education
Deputy Director, Symbiosis Centre for
Director, Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts
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