Learning World Stage

The adage knowledge knows no boundaries aptly describes the changing dynamics in the education system today. And experts believe this very desirable trend is here to stay.

There was a time when anyone going abroad to study in foreign university used to be treated with awe. It was a big thing back then. Today, it is no news. No, anyone can get a degree from a foreign university by enrolling into its campus located right here in India. There is also an increasing number of students abroad, both Indian and foreign enrolling in a campus of an Indian university or institute . If you had to put a term to this phenomenon you’d call it globalization of education and it’s happening big time all across the world.

From just exchange of ideas and students there is now a cross over of physical boundaries when it comes to global education. It’s not just foreign universities and institutes setting up base here in India. Their counterparts from India are increasingly spreading themselves abroad. Institutes like the International Management Institute (IMI) have developed their curriculum keeping in mind its global relevance. Along with this a faculty that boasts of best of Indian and foreign degree holders with industry experiences.

An organization that has developed the capacity to continuously adapt and change because all members take an active role in identifying and resolving work related issues. In a learning organization, employees are practicing knowledge management by continually acquiring and sharing new knowledge and are willing to apply that knowledge in making decisions or performing their work

Educationists and experts in the field welcome this new trend. This trend will help Indian institutions to come up to global education standards having realized the importance of globalization of education systems some prestigious institutes of India like IMT – Ghaziabad , BITS – Pilani, XLRI – Jamshedpur and DPS have already set up their campuses abroad. Incidentally the IMT campus of Dubai is the first Indian business school that is duly approved and accredited by the government of UAE. Recently, even the most prestigious Indian Institute of Management (IIM) has also been allowed to open a campus abroad.

One can say that globalization is a norm in today’s world and one can’t really do without it. Partnerships between companies and big multinationals are making sure that each makes a foray into the domestic market of the partner country which means that they have to customize their business strategies to suit the local markets. For this they need individuals who can help them do that, The sustainable model is to have both Indian and foreign institutions of repute to establish their operations in India to deliver education with the same curriculum and a pedagogy, that they adopt in their campuses in the host countries. This will also upgrade the quality of the home institutions in the similar manner as McDonalds and Pizza Huts have improved the quality of Indian fast food makers like Haldiram’s and Bikaner.

The best policy for improving quality of education is to enable and encourage competition by allowing word class universities to open their campuses abroad. Competition between the local and foreign universities will breed healthy, competitive spirit and promote the growth of sound education system which would bring out the best for the Indian youth. It will enforce Darwin’s Theory of the survival of the fittest.

Thin global act local or with global relevance call it what you will but one thing is for sure – this trend is here to stay. With geographical boundaries blurring in this digital world it makes sense to change with the changing times.