Asia Society India Centre in partnership with Krea University, presents a global discussion on UNESCO’s Global Citizenship Education (GCED), its merits and ways for its efficient incorporation in public education systems across the world.
Opening remarks by Dr Sunder Ramaswamy, Vice Chancellor – Krea University
Conrad Hughes (Campus and Secondary Principal, International School for Geneva, La Grande Boissière) Dr Anthony Jackson (Head, Center for Global Education at Asia Society) Prof Anantha Duraiappah (Director, UNESCO MGIEP) Dr Namrata Sharma (Adjunct Professor, State University of New York College at Oswego)
Krea University and The South Asia IB Schools Association (SAIBSA) have stepped into a significant partnership in the field of higher education and learning. Through this partnership, both entities will work together for a series of exclusive learning and development opportunities for member schools and students. The first workshop for students of grades 9-12 was conducted, focusing on developing Academic writing and skills lead by Prof Anannya Dasgupta (Associate Professor of Literature, Literature & the Arts and Director of Centre for Writing & Pedagogy – Krea University) and Pritha Chakrabarti (Faculty Associate, Centre for Writing & Pedagogy – Krea University).
Talerang, a well-established education management company that began as an independent project at the Harvard Business School, has stepped into a significant partnership in the field of career services. The collaboration offers Krea’s undergraduate students the opportunity to learn and prepare for their journey after graduation. Talerang has conducted innumerable career development and training programs, impacting 2 million students in the last five years. The Krea-Talerang partnership is designed in such a way that it benefits students who wish to study further as well as students who are interested in joining the workforce or exploring entrepreneurship after completing their undergraduate programme at Krea.
Krea University has stepped into a significant partnership with the University of Bristol, consistently ranked in the world’s top 100 and UK’s top ten universities. The partnership will explore deeper collaboration in the area of Sciences and Humanities at student, faculty and research level. It also includes the beginning of a 3+1 progression partnership for students at Krea, in flagship programmes offered by University of Bristol which includes MSc in Environmental Policy and Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Public Policy, Economics, Economics and Finance, Economics, Finance and Management, Management (International Business) and Business Analytics. The University of Bristol is home to the best university business incubator in the world and is in the top 5 for research. The University is also alma mater to 13 Nobel Laureates including current Chancellor, Sir Paul Nurse. The MoU was inked in an e-signing ceremony chaired by Dr Erik Lithander, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), University of Bristol and Dr Sunder Ramaswamy, Vice-Chancellor of Krea University. During the ceremony, Dr Erik Lithander added, “We are very proud to be signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Krea University today and are excited to develop links with such an innovative, forward-thinking institution. It symbolises the start of an important partnership, which will undoubtedly benefit the student and academic communities on both sides.” The event included a dialogue on potential collaborations, respective aims of both institutions for the partnership and identification of ways in which links could be strengthened.
The event had distinguished attendees from both partner institutions. From the University of Bristol, Dr Erik Lithander, Pro Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement), Dr Winnie Wang, School International Director, Geographical Sciences, Lorna Cuckow, Deputy Director International and Head of International Partnerships & Relations, Aditya Malkani, Partnerships Consultant (India) and Ellie Cook, International Events Manager attended the event.
Dr Sunder Ramaswamy, Vice-Chancellor, Dr Bishnu Mohapatra, Dean of School of Interwoven Arts and Sciences, Dr Shobha Das , Dean of IFMR Graduate School of Business, Dr Prithvi Datta Chandra Shobhi, Divisional Chair – Humanities & Social Studies, Dr S Sivakumar, Divisional Chair – Sciences, Prof Amit Das, Chairperson – MBA Admissions, Dr Bharath Sundaram, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Dr John Mathew, Associate Professor of History of Sciences and Kala Anand, Director of Partnerships, represented Krea University.
Shedding light on the immense potential of the partnership, Dr Sunder Ramaswamy stated, “At Krea, we aim to forge meaningful partnerships with globally reputed institutions who are well-known for specific areas of practice. The University of Bristol with their significant strengths in cutting-edge disciplines within Humanities and Sciences, bring a new dimension of engagement for our students, faculty and research centres. We regard this as a progressive collaboration that will find many avenues for growth in the years to come.”
With a reputation for innovation, creativity and sustainability, University of Bristol has been highly rated for 35 subjects within the world’s top 100 by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020. Nine of its subjects are within the top 50 and amongst them, Earth and Marine Sciences, Veterinary Science and Social Policy & Administration are within the top 20. The University is a major force in the economic, social and cultural life of Bristol and the region, but is also a significant player on the world stage. It has over 20,000 undergraduates and over 7,000 postgraduate students from more than 100 countries, and its research links span the globe.
Krea University has a unique partnership philosophy, which is based on a ‘Partnerships with Purpose’ approach. Under this, the University collaborated with a select number of universities or centres of excellence to carefully build their internationalisation plan. Know more here.
The School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI (Indiana University Purdue University Indiana) is one of Indiana, USA’s premier, high-ranked urban public research universities and Computer Science institutes, known for its numerous educational opportunities and innovative information system designs. As part of the ongoing partnership between IUPUI and Krea University, students of SIAS participated in an information session led by the following senior faculty members at IUPUI: Mathew Palakal, Senior Executive Associate Dean and Professor of Informatics; Josette Jones, Director of Health Informatics and Associate Professor; Saptarshi Purkayastha, Director of Undergraduate Education and Research – Department of BioHealth Informatics and Assistant Professor of Data Science, Health Informatics; and Sarath Chandra Janga, Associate Professor of Bioinformatics, Data Science, Interim Chair – Department of BioHealth Informatics, and Interim Program Director of Bioinformatics and Biomedical Informatics Program. The faculty members shared salient features of the two disciplines – Health Informatics and Bioinformatics, its applications in the real world, teaching of the subject at IUPUI and the many benefits of partnering with Krea.
Krea University and Busuu have stepped into a significant partnership in the field of language learning. The collaboration offers students of Krea the opportunity to learn with the award-winning pioneer in online and mobile language learning, from anywhere and anytime. Speaking about this pivotal partnership, Bernhard Niesner, Co-Founder and CEO of Busuu shared, “As a diverse country, India is already well-versed in the benefits of learning languages and is a wonderful market for Busuu to enter. We’re proud to partner with Krea University, to help its progressive student body gain skills in new languages – supporting them both in their current academic studies and their future careers. We look forward to working closely with Krea and adding value to its student body.” Busuu has 100 million users globally across 190 counties and guided by 10000+ professional language teachers. With promising training records across 250+ international organisations, Busuu provides accelerated language learning through AI. Busuu was awarded the ‘EdWard Wards’ for high-quality learning product by University College London among others. Students will be offered 1-1 private lessons, 24*7 worldwide access, customised lesson plans, seamless scheduling and advanced learning tools.
In line with Krea’s vision to develop well-curated purposeful alliances, the University has stepped into significant partnerships with the India-Oxford Initiative (IndOx), School of Informatics and Computing Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and Northeastern University.
Krea University and the IndOx alliance will see both entities work together towards knowledge creation and knowledge dissemination in the areas of Sciences and Humanities. The first round of strategic initiatives is expected to commence shortly and will focus on areas of Gender Violence and Mental Health. Matched by the significant academic assets at both institutions and the ongoing ground-breaking projects at Krea in this space, these initiatives will find much needed acceleration.
Krea has also signed a partnership with the School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), a leading University from the United States of America. IUPUI has recently launched an AI institute and will work closely with Krea on this initiative. The School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI is one of Indiana’s premier, high-ranked urban public research universities and Computer Science institutes, known for its numerous educational opportunities and innovative information system designs. The partnership, through its short-term immersive programmes, will open a world of opportunities for students at Krea who are seeking to make a Masters progression in Health Informatics or Master in Bioinformatics. Other collaboration areas include participation in current and new programmes, joint seminars and academic meetings, exchange of academic materials between the faculty at Krea and IUPUI.
Krea’s comprehensive university agreement with Northeastern University, USA involves collaborative efforts across teaching, research, cultural activity and joint development of ongoing and new curricula and academic projects among many other initiatives. It also includes but not limited to mobility of faculty, scholars and students between Institutions, faculty and staff’s professional development, student services and collaboration in academic publications and other materials of mutual interest. As an initial activity, there will joint initiatives between IFMR GSB and D’Amore McKim School of Business at Northeastern. Northeastern University ranks among the Top 40 research universities in the country and has made one of the biggest rankings leaps of any in the Top 100. The D’Amore-McKim School of Business has contributed significantly to this rise in rankings by redefining business education, boasting exceptional undergraduate and graduate programs focused on the future of work. It is accredited by AACSB International.
The collaborations at Krea aim to benefit multiple stakeholder groups including teaching faculty young researchers, and students from both institutions as well as think tanks and related organizations in India.
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