Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – Office Of International Programmes
At Home in the World
In this era of globalization, LSR has taken the lead in developing international linkages and global networks in education. LSR initiated the development of innovative international collaborations in the 1990s, and these have increased exponentially in recent times. These benefit students in multiple ways. They help to increase student mobility, lead to international team-building, ensure a global citizenry, help address critical global issues and lead to new skills and habits to help students think and act differently.
The advancement and application of knowledge is now crucial and is at the core of all aspects of development. We need to learn from the best practices across the globe. Besides workplaces today are increasingly becoming multi-cultural and diverse – this exposure at the college level is important to enable students to break out of stereotypes and generalisations and learn to work as a team with people across cultures. Ultimately, LSR believes that international exposure leads to experiential and transformative learning. In the increasingly globalized world LSR has understood the importance of engaging students in intercultural dialogue, addressing the issues of citizenship, tolerance, acceptance of others and other global issues.
Given the benefits of collaboration, LSR has tried to be creative and innovative in its collaborations and have ventured beyond conventional semester exchanges. There have been short term collaborations, collaborations using technology like Skype, tele-conferencing and video-conferencing.
Given the benefits of collaboration, LSR has tried to be creative and innovative in its collaborations and have ventured beyond conventional semester exchanges. There have been The College has a vibrant exchange programme with a range of institutions across the world. We welcome students under the Study Abroad Programme of many American Universities. In the past we have hosted students from Barnard College, New York; Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania; and Georgetown University, Washington D.C. LSR also has an academic exchange with Kinnaird College, Lahore. The institutions with whom we have ongoing exchange programmes are La Trobe University, Australia, Brown University and Smith College in the US and NUS, Singapore and more recently, Middlebury College, U.S.A., Fukuoka University, Japan. Sciences Po, Paris, American Graduate School, Paris, Smurfit School of Business, University College of Dublin, Ireland, King’s College, London among others. Students from these institutions spend a semester or full academic year at LSR. The course work that they do at LSR counts for grades at their parent Universities. The students from LSR go for a one year non-degree course as per our UGC regulations.
LSR regularly hosts teaching faculty under the Fulbright and other programmes and in turn faculty from LSR also are invited to campuses abroad for either a semester or a year or for short term teaching assignments. The course in Conflict Transformation and Peace-building thrives on collaborations with universities in India and abroad. LSR is also part of the Universitas-21 Network of educational institutions from across the globe and the Women’s Education Worldwide (WEW) Consortium of women’s colleges across continents.Students from LSR continued to edit an electronic journal titled ‘Voices and Visions’ in collaboration with Women’s Colleges that are a part of the Women’s Education Worldwide Consortium.
The Office of International Programmes in LSR has been actively meeting with delegations from leading International Universities. These visits not only provide students an opportunity to explore options for post graduate studies across the world, but often lead to innovative collaborations between LSR and these institutions. These have included the development of short-term courses for international students and Skype-enabled discussions between students of LSR and institutions like Bryn Mawr College and Ohio Wesleyan University in the U.S.
In a unique initiative, students and teachers from Ohio Wesleyan University have worked with their LSR counterparts to put together a GANDHI-KING PEACE INITIATIVE which includes Skype sessions and tele-conferencing discussions. The first part of this initiative culminated in the visit of a small delegation of teachers and students from OWU for a short-term course on GANDHI – PERSPECTIVES AND POSSIBILITIES TODAY, formulated by the faculty at LSR.
We have also tailored a course titled A PASSAGE TO INDIA which we shared with the Winston Salem State University when they started on an India intensive programme and visited LSR College.
LSR has also organized interdisciplinary faculty seminars for visiting delegations from Universities abroad. In addition, several universities across the globe and distinguished faculty from diverse international institutions were invited for academic talks and discussions. These talks were of avid interest to the students clamouring for newer opportunities.
The Office of International Programs has been instrumental in generating all the correspondence for all meetings, for visa formalities of visiting students and visa formalities for Exchange Students.
The Office of International Programmes at Lady Shri Ram College is committed to extending horizons, creating new metaphors that will highlight all that is special and of value in India, nurture multiculturalism even as we resist homogenization. We will continue to spread our wings and soar high even as we strengthen and value our roots. The Office of International Programmes will help the LSR student engage with a global community and share their skills and knowledge. The journey has just begun and there is a long, exciting path ahead!
1. Applications are invited for AGS, Paris, Sciences Po, Paris and La Trobe, Australia for a one year non degree programme. Last date for submission is 8th February, 2016 by 1:00p.m. Application form should be submitted to Ms. Shahana at Reception in the Principal's Office along with all the documents including letters of recommendation. Only hard copy of the application form is accepted. Please find the attached application form.
2. Inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective international scholarship program designed to prepare future world leaders for success in a world where China plays a key global role. The program will give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a fully-funded one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities. Applications for this cycle will open in April 2016. Program highlights include:
Fully funded, one-year Master’s Degree program from Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s most prestigious Universities.
Up to 200 scholars chosen annually from the U.S., China and around the world, with a first cohort of 100 enrolling in August of 2016.
Courses designed and taught by a global mix of faculty, including academics from Tsinghua, Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Princeton and Stanford.
Scholars can pursue concentrations in economics and business, public policy and international studies.
Core curriculum includes unparalleled leadership elements; co-designed by faculty from Harvard’s Business School and Tsinghua’s School of Economics and Management, and adapted to meet the distinct nature and cross-cultural mix of the Schwarzman Scholars cohort.
Scholars will have unrivaled exposure to China; with practical training, mentorship, and thematic, substantive travel experiences that are an integral part of the student experience.
3. King's College London held very successful Summer Courses on International Relations and International Political Economy from 2nd June to 12th June, 2015. For the 3rd year in succession, LSR and King's are planning 2 more Summer Courses in June,2016 on Media, Gender and Culture and Strategic Management.. Applications are being invited for students from LSR College and students from Delhi University and also students from other Universities and other cities.
4. LSR College had the honour and privilege of hosting the Australian High Commissioner to India, His Excellency, Mr. Patrick Suckling for a visit to the college on January 22, 2016. The Principal of LSR, Dr. Suman Sharma welcomed His Excellency after which he met with a host of students and addressed them on Australia's ties with India and the implications of their foreign policy. The students had an interactive session with him during the Question - Answer period of the talk. Prof. Amitabh Mattoo and the Australia India institute was instrumental in arranging this visit.
5. The year began with an orientation programme for the 40 odd foreign students studying in LSR. They were briefed about some of the rules and regulations which are slightly different for the Indian students, the exchange students and the foreign nationals. A round of introductions were held and contact details of the students were collected. After the formal orientations there were a few games which were to help us to bridge any gaps, and like ice breakers, bring together the students under an overarching rubric. The session of games and enjoyment was brought to a close with some refreshments. This was just the beginning and we sincerely hope that our attempts to develop an intimate relationship and forge new friendships will bear fruit.
Dr. Meenakshi Gopinath
Dr. Asha Mathur
Ms. Kasturi Kanthan
Faculty Coordinators :
Ms. Rukshana Shroff, Dr. Veena Ravi Kumar, Dr. Kanika Ahuja, Ms. Deepika Papneja