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Globalization Of Higher Education: A Case Study From India

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

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June 20, 2010

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June 20, 2010

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June 23, 2010



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Engineering Education in India, the Far East, and Central Asia

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15.623.1 - 15.623.12



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M. Adithan Vellore Institue of Technology

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Robert Creese West Virginia University

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Globalization of Higher Education: A Case Study from India


For developing countries such as India, reaching global standards in higher education is a major challenge. India can no longer remain in isolation with respect to its higher education, both in terms of quality and diversity of students passing out of the system. Higher education institutions are an underexploited link to the global knowledge economy and can provide gateways to the private sector.

Issues concerning equivalence of degrees and transfer of credits must be resolved nationally and internationally. The educational institutions and programs offered must first meet their own professional standards as well as national quality standards. Seeking accreditation of the programs by respective professional bodies and international agencies would be the next logical step. The accreditation process, however, is very time consuming and an expensive process for institutions in developing nations. Educators and professionals in industry, business and government agree that an international educational experience would be a valuable asset before graduation. Student exchanges are essential for improved cultural understanding internationally and universities must make student exchanges possible without delaying graduation.

This case study from India demonstrates how universities and institutions of higher learning in India can ensure globalization of their academic programs, teaching and learning process and provide an experiential learning to students in a cross-cultural environment. An important step in the process is to have national and international recognition of the academic programs so that institutions and educators can be confident that their students will have a successful academic experience as well as a successful cultural experience. Flexibility in scheduling is also required to accommodate differences in the academic calendars. This paper presents how one private institution in India is striving towards successful globalization of its academic programs.


Globalization has influenced various sectors of our economy, society, culture and higher education, especially in professional education such as engineering and technology. It has thrown up many challenges as well as immense opportunities for those in engineering and technology education1. In this context, globalization of higher education becomes a crucial issue for universities and educational institutions in India.

According to N. R. Shetty2, globalization of higher education is the process of integrating international and inter-cultural dimensions into the teaching–learning process, training, research and service functions of the institution of higher learning. International cooperation in higher education is one of the important aspects which include relevance, improvement of quality and management, and financing of higher education. International cooperation is viewed as an instrument for change, capacity building and for exploring various ways and means by which our educational system can be further developed. The quality of graduates coming out of the portals

Adithan, M., & Creese, R. (2010, June), Globalization Of Higher Education: A Case Study From India Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--15758

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