Globalization has touched every sphere of life and business, and it was only a matter of time that academic institutions started making conscious efforts to move out of their silo status. These days, several colleges and universities are reaching out to their international peers for academic collaborations. In fact, in terms of collaborations forged by foreign universities with Indian Educational Institutions a total of 150+ collaborations were reported in 2018 alone, according to a study by PWC.
Academic partnerships can be powerful vehicles for educational institutions to foster their global relationships and pursue common interests for students, academic personnel, employers and all other stakeholders in the education ecosystem.
Let’s take a look at various ways international academic tie-ups can benefit everyone.
- Global Exposure
International tie-ups allow students to meet and interact with fellow students from different countries. They also get opportunities to study at foreign universities, participate in student-exchange programs/international conferences/joint research programs, study at world’s top-ranked educational institutes and secure paid internships at foreign companies. This enables them to develop a multi-cultural mindset and a broader outlook towards the way of doing business. Moreover, global exposure also changes the way students approach life. Due to being constantly exposed to new cultures, religions, and people, students become more accepting and adaptable in their perspective towards business and life.
- Access to World-Class Education
Academic partnerships give easy and affordable access to international faculty, programs and subjects that might be otherwise difficult to source or are costly domestically. Students can also pursue specialized courses or degrees with international accreditation.
- Eligibility for Scholarships
Several universities give preference for admission and scholarship to students who are associated with partner institutes. So, students who are vying for admission or scholarship or both abroad, stand a good chance to foster their educational aspirations. Some partnerships also allow credit transfers across common subjects or semesters.
- International Placements
Offshore employment translates into a rewarding salary package and career advancement opportunities. Students of global universities with academic tie-ups have more leverage in securing placements with foreign employers. International experience and knowledge of markets add strong value to resume.
- Life Skills Development
When students interact with people from different cultures or travel to other countries for academic purposes, it requires them to push out of their comfort zone. They need to hone their communication skills, adapt themselves to a new environment, learn to cook, be open-minded, understand civic responsibility and find their path in many other unfamiliar territories. These experiences build their life skills and go a long way in making them emotionally resilient and in turn, aid their overall personality development.
- Teacher Exchange Program
Many universities also incorporate a teacher exchange program in their partnerships. This gives faculty or other academic personnel to interact with their global peers, teach international students and understand educations systems in different countries. They can use the newly-acquired global knowledge and perspective to incorporate deep learning initiatives in the pedagogy for the betterment of students and bring their institutes at par with international standards.
- Research Partnerships
Faculty or researchers of universities can collaborate with their peers of foreign educational institutes to co-author scientific papers or conduct joint research on a problem/challenge at a broader level. International studies spread across diverse researchers from various academic institutes also attract more funds, thereby enhancing the depth and relevancy of research.
- Career Progress
International academic tie-ups give faculty a platform to demonstrate their expertise and capability at an international level. They also get invitations for training programs, seminars and conferences where they can present papers or acquire new skills. They can expand their professional network and get global recognition. All these opportunities help them in scaling their careers to newer heights.
World as a Whole
Education is one of the core foundation pillars of any country’s progress. Academic collaborations at a global level eventually lead to the betterment of society. Quality of students, faculty and education in general, improves considerably. When students turn out qualified and competent, they perform well in their jobs and increase profits of organizations. Moreover, international academic researches bring solutions to global issues, aiding in higher socio-economic growth of countries.
In a nutshell, international academic tie-ups promote global immersion of all stakeholders in education and economy at large.