President promotes internationalisation in India
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Learning from each other is the driving force behind internationalisation, commented Professor Way Kuo, President of City University of Hong Kong (CityU), at a specially convened panel during an international meeting in India on 17 January.
The panel discussion was part of the Times Higher Education (THE) India Universities Forum held at Amity University in Noida in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh from 16 to 17 January.
“We can all learn something from everyone, and that is one of the key elements in successful internationalisation,” said President Kuo, who was invited to participate in the THE forum alongside higher education experts from India, the UK and US.
Asked about internationalisation issues, President Kuo said that CityU’s policy was to listen and learn.
“Communication is essential,” he said. “Send people out to other countries and regions to learn about other cultures, and by the same token introduce your home campus to non-local students.”
The issues for India with regard to internationalisation relate to the outbound flow of Indian academics to top US and other overseas institutions and relatively small numbers of international academics and students joining the Indian academy.
The aim of the THE panel was to examine why, and discover what the government and universities are doing to reverse the situation. The discussion also scrutinised how strongly the Indian university sector wished to become more international, the benefits of internationalisation, and how to promote global collaboration.
In addition to the THE panel discussion, academic and student exchange received top billing during a visit by a CityU delegation led by President Kuo to the Indian Institute of Technology (IITD) in Delhi on 16 January. The CityU delegation discussed exchange matters with an IITD team led by Professor V. Ramgopal Rao, Director of IITD. Professor Rao has published widely in the field of electronics and nanoelectronics.
The CityU team comprised Professor Raymond Chan Hon-fu, Dean of the College of Science, Professor Lee Chun-sing, Head of the Department of Chemistry, and Dr David Cheng Xing, Director of the Global Engagement Office.
At a meeting with a delegation from the University of Delhi (UD) later that same day, the CityU delegation explored opportunities for collaboration and information sharing in a number of diverse academic areas.
The CityU delegation learned about UD’s latest research and academic development from the UD team, which was led by Professor Yogesh K. Tyagi, Vice-Chancellor of UD, and a former faculty member of CityU’s School of Law.