VIT Chennai, in association with the U.S. Consulate General, Chennai, recently organised a one-day conference on ‘Internationalisation of Higher Education.' The conference aimed at assessing the need for internationalisation in higher education and defining the quality criteria for excellence in higher education.
Kadhambari S. Viswanathan, Assistant vice-president, VIT Chennai, in her opening remarks gave some statistics about the contribution of international students to the economy. Recent data shows that in 2013-2014 there were around 8,86,052 international students in the U.S. supporting 3,40,000 jobs and contributing $26.8 billion to the economy, a 12 per cent increase from the preceding year. She emphasised that education must be viewed both as a GDP generating sector and an investment in human capital.
Amanda Bailor, who works with International Career and Alumni Connections at Binghamton University, stated that one of the impacts of globalisation is that parents and students look now forward to an international exposure. Internationalisation is broadening the spectrum of education to strong academic and research collaboration that crosses borders. This has opened up avenues for understanding cross-cultural diversities.
Andie De Arment, Cultural Affairs Officer, US Consulate General, Chennai, said in her inaugural address that the true objective of International Education Week is to invite students from the U.S. to study in India and encourage students from India to go to the U.S. for their education.
The number of Indian students studying in the U.S. increased by 6 per cent in the last year and more than one lakh Indian students are studying in the U.S. Panellists deliberated on various themes such as education sans borders, academia collaboration, alternatives in higher education and capacity building, faculty empowerment and building employability skills in students.
Source: The Hindu