Internationalisation Of Education

A way to equip our youth with relevant skills to tackle future challenges

In this globalised world, the internationalisation of education has emerged as a key aspect of the reform agenda today. Since our society is becoming more globally oriented today, students need to have an opportunity to interact with people from other countries and get exposure to new culture, language and development practices. Such interaction of students will help the world in accomplishing its developmental goals and setting new ones.

As the world has recognised its significance, the internationalisation of education has boomed in the last few decades. And it has proved to be efficacious in the overall development of students while increasing their critical and logical reasoning abilities. Also, it has opened a plethora of new options for them in accessing knowledge, experiencing different cultures and getting the desired employment.

What are the key advantages of the internationalisation of education

Every educational institution maintains certain standards of practice and they vary from one country to another. Internationalisation allows higher education institutions to know about different practices and adopt them for upgrading their existing practices. A free-wheeling exchange of thoughts, ideas, practices and knowledge between the institutions helps them to advance. All these factors play a vital role in improving the academic quality of the institutions.

At the same time, internationalisation provides a competitive advantage to the students who have been exposed to their fellow mates in different countries. Several international practices and standards encourage students to learn and achieve more in a healthy competitive ecosystem. It also helps in the overall development of other staff and teachers as they are exposed to globally competitive educational training that leads to a more developed community.

Most importantly, with internationalisation universities get an opportunity to identify the areas of development in curriculum and pedagogy. They can upgrade themselves and bring a vital change in their operations. 

Hence, it becomes important for key stakeholders to promote the internationalisation of education and reap the maximum benefits of sophisticated education systems functioning across the globe.

How India is moving toward the internationalisation of education 

Every year many ambitious Indian students choose foreign universities to pursue higher studies in countries like Australia, USA, UK, Singapore and others. It is a good sign for the country’s future as it will become the carrier of new thoughts, technology and futuristic vision. 

To further strengthen this sentiment, in a significant move, India included some encouraging measures in its National Education Policy (NEP) - 2020 such as facilitating research/teaching collaborations and faculty/student exchange. It also talks about signing mutually beneficial MOUs with foreign countries in this regard. It will also encourage the best Indian universities to open their campus in other countries and allow top foreign universities to set up campuses in India.

Now, it’s time to focus on the implementation of these futuristic steps. Prominent stakeholders like universities must move to strengthen collaborations. 

In this interconnected world, we are attached to the good and bad of one another. This very fact makes it important for us to prepare our future generation with relevant knowledge and skills so that they can provide the perfect solution to challenges that we are going to face in future. In such a scenario, for every stakeholder, the internationalisation of education seems a win-win situation. As it fosters an immersive and inclusive educational environment for students and faculties and enables them to go beyond their comfort zones and learn new things, it can help us in improving our quality of education and prepare a future-ready workforce.

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