Monday, February 22, New Delhi:
Covid Pandemic has in a way erased many previously present hurdles in the way of globalization of education that is upon us with rapid digitalization and provided us an opportunity to refresh the existing approach and move with renewed strategy.
The Policy Times in collaboration with Shiv Nadar University organised an e-seminar to facilitate educational exchange between the two neighbouring countries India and Nepal on Monday, February 22, 2021 and the topic of discussion was Globalising Education and Building World Class Institutions in the post Covid Digital Era.
Dr. Partha Chatterjee, Dean-International Partnerships & Professor & Head Department of Economics, Shiv Nadar University, India discussing on the topic revisited the rich history of educational excellence in Asia especially India with reference to world renowned Nalanda even though world at that time did not have the communication engine of modern world, it attracted students worldwide.That brings the factor of key importance to focus that globalizing education in essence is nothing but fostering educational excellence and that does not require pursuit of global standard but reinventing already existing knowledge or research. Otherwise the knowledge pool remains stagnant and obsolete and out of touch from the rest of the world.
Reinventing knowledge has major influence in dissemination of knowledge or pedagogy. Inspiring Pedagogy is a key factor to foster educational excellence. Encouragement in reinvention of knowledge and its visible impact in pedagogy will attract globalization as has been core value of Shiv Nadar University which earned it global acknowledgement from global evaluation body like QS and the title of Institute of Eminence by Indian Government.
The complementing factor that facilitates educational excellence is academic collaboration in reinventing knowledge which brings vibrancy in academic co-creation. Mr. Ranjan Ojha, Founder & Executive Director, Nepal School of Entrepreneurship stated academic co-creation needs micro and macro connectivity and wide networking in educational ecosystem to incubate synergy and supportive educational eco-system worldwide.
Mr. Subarna Bhattarai, Founder & Principal, Amity Public School, Jhapa &Trainer for the Trainers The Duke of Edinburg’s International Award, Nepal added that other than global skill transfer or academic exchange, regional or global common platform like certification system could mandate the authorities and stake holders in South Asia’s education system to bring clear, structured ,practical and inclusive guideline for educational exchange. This could facilitate globalization of education.
Mr. Rudra Prasad Ghimre, Principal, DAV Business School implored on integrated E-education policy in South Asia to bring more common platform to influence academic exchange. Mrs. NeeraPardhan, Principal, Chandbagh School concluded that knowledge infused with the value of east and global exposure of such rich value will attract globalization in South Asian education.
Key Recommendations Extracted from the Webinar
- There should be an integrated education policy in the region of South Asia
- Common regional platform like common certification system to influence academic collaboration
- Eastern Values must be infused in the academic structure to attract globalization