Internationalization of universities is not a choice but a necessity for all Indian Universities – Dr H Vinod Bhat

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International Workshop on

Bologna Process – the European Higher Education Area: ECTS, Mobility, Employability and Internationalization of Indian Higher Education System

Date: March 2-3, 2017

“Internationalization of universities is not a choice but a necessity for all Indian Universities” said Dr H Vinod Bhat in the inaugural session of the workshop thereby emphasizing the need and importance of implementation of Bologna process and internationalization of Indian Universities.

The two-day international workshop on Bologna Process – the European Higher Education Area: ECTS, Mobility, Employability and Internationalization of Indian Higher Education System was indeed a remarkable start to the forthcoming discussions on internationalization prospects of Indian and European higher education systems. While the discussions on the first day focused on EU India academic cooperation, efforts to enhance this cooperation and the Bologna experiment; the second day of the workshop comprised panel discussions on initiatives by EURAXESS India, the vital relation between internationalization of higher education and employability and internationalization of higher education and innovation.

The two-day workshop relentlessly stressed on the scope for mutual learning from both the higher education systems. The panel discussion emphasized on the pressing need to establish a link between employability of the university graduates aligning the academic curriculum to the professional/ industry requirements. Interestingly, the panelists also discussed how it is essential to imbibe innovative strategies in teaching and learning methods and research and development.

Internationalization of higher education is an inevitable reality today. Evidently, the process of internationalizing university campuses goes beyond the idea of student mobility but rather also includes an array of aspects such as research cooperation, credit transfer and recognition, new emerging forms of internationalization and maintaining heterogeneity yet homogeneity of national education systems by moving towards a common global education space.

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