CHANGING SPECTRUM OF OVERSEAS EDUCATION
Is it true that the studying abroad experience is changing for Indian students? The statistics tend to shine a positive light.
Last year saw a 7-10 per cent jump, with new locations like France, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands developing as preferred options for Indian students. Even the UK, that had dimmed with the chaos of Brexit, saw a renewed increase in educational prospects.
Prof. Lisa Zamberlan, Director of the Interior Architecture Program, University of New South Wales, Australia shared her views, “We are also looking to build a partnership between India and UNSW to facilitate research on harnessing exchanges in terms of international collaborations. To begin this partnership, we currently have one of our student interning here in India with CEPT University (Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology) on a three-month exchange program. In addition, our researchers from Sydney have partnered with the GRIHA summit in India and our professor, David Sanderson is leading the UNSW on a grand challenge called ‘Rapid Urbanization’. He aims to accomplish this challenge by marshalling all the students across the university plus his connections with NGOS and government bodies around the world to look at rapid urbanization and how the environment can contribute to the complexities that come from rapid urbanization and population explosion. We have partnered with countries such as Vienna, Venice, Cambodia, Indonesia, Shanghai and India and take the students to these places for internships that help them get the global perspective to education.”
According to Prof. Zimberlan, her interaction with Indian students and their parents has been highly encouraging as they all are eager to study and learn from a different country and culture which is really overwhelming. “The best thing is to see how enthusiastic they are about changing the world and wanting to contribute to building a better environment,” she added.
Deeksha Nathani, a budding architect from Mumbai is currently part of the Master of City Planning degree under the UNSW Change Scholarships designed to support highachieving students from India. She aims to use her time at UNSW to gain an international perspective and eventually bring her knowledge and skills back home to India. “I did my architecture from Mumbai University and then worked for a year at an architectural firm. During my daily commute I would wonder why this city had so much traffic at all hours and what solution can I provide. The thought motivated me to do my Masters in City Planning and receiving this scholarship added to my motivation,” she explained.
Most of the foreign universities help students get jobs and offer work placements throughout the study period, so students can earn extra credits by working and get paid as well. The colleges have mentorships from the
The disciplinary boundaries are now blurring and it is has become crucial for us to learn from eachothers field. That’s the only way forward. What I have noticed in the education field for years is that the students today have a global approach towards education.” LISA ZAMBERLAN Professor
“Education is about making us all equal. Our students are talented designers but lack the ability to craft pieces like the local Indian craftsmen’s. On the other hand Indian students are keen to adopt global practices.” VAUGHAN DAI REES Associate Professor Overseas education requires students to be bold and adventurous to study in a different country and culture and have a genuine interest in gaining global attitude.
industry that can be utilized by students for career advice and enhancement. For instance, the UNSW India Centre in New Delhi is part of the University’s efforts to build a strong presence in India and further build Indian-australian relations. Under the India 10 Year Growth Strategy, UNSW has been making a series of targeted and highly strategic investments in developing transformative partnerships in India.
Associate Professor Vaughan Dai Rees is the Associate Dean, International/engagement in the Faculty of Art & Design, UNSW. His students are working in collaboration with the National Institute of Design in India and with local craftsmen’s in North-west India to learn the intricacies of design and textiles. Talking about the Indian students, he candidly stated, “Indian students are extremely bright and articulate and are willing to make an extra effort. We need to see more participation of female students from India.”