Chances and Challenges for Indian Universities
29 – 30 November 2018, New Delhi

The DAAD New Delhi organised a two-day DIES seminar on the topic “Internationalisation: Strategies, Implementation and Structures. Chances and Challenges for Indian Universities” on 29th – 30th November 2018.

The participants (26) were Deans / Heads of International offices from different Indian Institutions like Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), Indian Institute of Science and Research (IISERs), private universities as well as some public universities. The workshop was conducted by the German experts, Dr. Marcus Hoppe & Dr. Balasubramanian Ramani from the International Office, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany.

Presentations given by Indian universities resulted in many exchanges of thoughts and discussing about the weaknesses and strengths of one’s home institution about internationalisation strategies.

An interactive hands-on workshop with group exercises was very well received by the participants and gave a good insight into the German International offices and its functioning.
There was a strong interaction among the participants during all the sessions. Many ideas came up and it also resulted in good networking among the participants. Many participants would like to take their own initiatives to take the ideas forward and improve the situation of international affairs at their respective institutions.

The programme “Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies” (DIES) jointly coordinated by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) aims at improving the institutional higher education management as well as aligning the higher education systems with the national and regional development goals, to contribute to stronger and more international universities in developing countries.

Given the very positive feedback from all sides, DAAD plans to organise next edition of the current seminar for institutions in the South of the country sometime next year.