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.

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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.

Earn­ing Op­por­tu­ni­ties

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.”

UNSW Cam­pus

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