The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and the Symbiosis International
University (SIU) will host an international conference on 'The Changing
Landscape of Internationalization in Higher Education' from 8th to 10th
April 2017 in Pune, India. 


There is a strong need within the nation, and specifically within Indian
academia, to bring about structural changes / academic reforms so as to
encourage Indian universities to evolve into strong globally recognized
institutions of teaching and research.  This is a commitment articulated by
the Government of India and announced by the Hon'ble Finance Minister in his
budget speech in 2016. 


"It is our commitment to empower higher educational institutions to help
them become world class teaching and research institutions. An enabling
regulatory architecture will be provided ."


Keeping this in mind and responding to the need for a more nuanced study of
the realities and processes this would involve, AIU and SIU are happy to
announce a Round Table Discussion on 'Building World Class Universities' on
8th April 2017 as a Curtain Raiser to the conference on 9th and 10th April


Key stakeholders in the national mission of building world class higher
education institutions include decision makers from the Ministry of Human
Resource Development, the University Grants Commission, the National
Assessment and Accreditation Council, the All India Council for Technical
Education and other agencies in addition to Vice Chancellors and senior
academicians from Indian and other universities. Speakers from these
stakeholder institutions will actively stimulate a discussion that could
translate into appropriate policy changes and a pragmatic road map for India
to follow, keeping in mind the criticality of ensuring that these higher
educational institutions retain their local relevance.


Internationalization is a critical aspect of higher education that needs
serious public discourse today. All the conference tracks deal with
issues/challenges related to internationalization of higher education, many
which are impacted by the policies and support our government
departments/agencies provide. This would be the perfect opportunity for vice
chancellors/ senior academicians/ administrators and foreign academicians
attending the conference to interact and engender a productive discussion.


The conference will bring together Vice Chancellors, academicians,
policy-makers, bureaucrats, civil society organizations, NGOs and media
professionals from India and abroad to deliberate on the said theme. 


We are happy to attach a list of confirmed national and international
speakers who have confirmed their presence at the conference.


We also propose to launch the 'Indian Network for International Educators'
which would provide a platform for all Indian Universities to collaborate on
high quality research, capacity building, information sharing and exchange,
transnational networking and cooperation, and policy advocacy on the
internationalization of higher education.


Please find attached a detailed concept note and schedule for the conference


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With regards,


Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar
Principal Director, Symbiosis
Former Member -

University Grants Commission 

Indian Council for Cultural Relations 

Central Advisory Board of Education 

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