28 November 2013 Volume :1 Issue :13

UKZN at Indo-Global Education Summit in India

UKZN at Indo-Global Education Summit in India
From left: Professor Nomthandazo Ntlama, Mr C D Arha, Dr Veena Singaram and Dr Prem Ramlachan.

With a goal of increasing postgraduate, postdoctoral fellowship, research and academic collaborations, UKZN was part of a large group of international delegates at the Indo-Global Education Summit in New Delhi, India.

Apart from South Africa, there were delegates from the United States, the United Kingdom, Finland, Canada, Singapore, Phillipines, Switzerland, Libya and India.

The primary focus of the summit was to establish links for academic collaborations and student recruitment between the institutions. In fulfilling the purpose, the objective was to provide a platform for the institutions to showcase themselves as international institutions of choice. In line with this objective, UKZN’s attendance was to negotiate innovative and sustainable means of attracting foreign students, postdoctoral research fellows and establish areas of collaboration for future research exchange and academic programmes.

The UKZN team comprised the Head, International Student Office (Westville campus), Dr Prem Ramlachan; Academic Leader Research: College of Health Sciences, Dr Veena Singaram, and the Dean of Research: Law and Management Studies, Professor Nomthandazo Ntlama.

The Summit was opened by the Chairman of Indus Foundation, Mr C D Arha.  The UKZN team made keynote presentations that focused on the Impact of Global Collaboration at UKZN and the Research Agenda of the four Colleges, highlighting the following:

     - UKZN as a research-led institution
     - How is UKZN making a difference globally?
     - How India is making a difference at UKZN?
     - Some unique cutting-edge research within the Colleges
     - Remission of fees as a way to attract potential candidates 
     - Possible funders for post-doctoral research fellows 
     - Opportunities for study and further collaborative research at UKZN 
     - Core Research themes within each College

The Team also engaged in panel discussions, one-on-one meetings for academic collaborations and recruitment of students with a question and answer session.

One of India’s national strategic goals - educating 20 million students by 2020 - was highlighted, presenting a large potential market from which foreign institutions such as UKZN could recruit students and explore academic and research collaborations with Indian institutions and other global participants.

Some of the outcomes emanating from the Summit highlight factors on how UKZN can develop strategies to address effective academic and research collaboration and recruitment of foreign students are:

     - Universal mindset
     - Quality assurance
     - Inclusiveness
     - Differentiated responsibility
     - Employability Curriculum (in line with industry)
     - Private sector
     - Networking
     - Consortia approach


     -  Prem Ramlachan

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