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.
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 began with an academic exchange with Kinnaird College, Lahore. The institutions with whom we now have ongoing exchange programmes are La Trobe University, Australia, NUS, Singapore and more recently, Middlebury College, U.S.A., Fukuoka University, Japan, Sciences Po, Paris, American Graduate School, Paris, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, Macquarie University, Australia, the Ontario in India Programme, Canadaand 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 or two semester long non-degree course as per the 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 have edited 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!
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Latest 2018-2019 has been a fulfilling year for the collaborative ventures of LSR with several new initiatives begun during this period.The Office of International Programmes, LSR, conducted its annual orientation for 2018-19 to inform students about the different opportunities, in terms of exchange programmes, summer schools and master’s programmes that OIP has to offer. They were informed about the collaborations with different universities, namely, Sciences Po, Middlebury University, Macquarie University, NUS, La Trobe and several others. They were also informed about the specifications of each exchange programme and the scholarships available for the same.
A group of students from the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University, Australia along with Professor Andrew Alter visited Lady Shri Ram College for a short-term course which was conceptualized and transacted by LSR faculty members. This week long course, held in September 2018, provided an overview on diverse aspects of Indian History, Geopolitics, Sociology, Gandhi and his relevance and Sustainable Environmental Practices in India. In addition to the lectures, a Madhubani painting workshop was organized followed by an interactive session with the National Service Scheme, LSR.
Dr. Kirsten Davies from Macquarie’s Department of Law visited LSR on October 03, 2018 to deliver a lecture titled “The Warming War: How Climate Change is Creating Threats to International Peace and Security”. This lecture highlighted the impact of greenhouse emissions in accelerating climate change, insidiously threatening the security of human life on earth.
On 4th October, 2018 Dr. Peter Postle, HOD ofEconomics at the University of Bath gave a lecture on “Global responsibilities from the market to the individual”. This talk was an introduction to the theme of the Winter School that the University of Bath was planning to hold in LSR in December 2018.
A delegation from Sciences Po visited the College in December 2018. It was led by Dr. Vanessa Scherrer, Vice President, Sciences Po and included Mr. Enrico Letta, Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs and former Prime Minister of Italy and the representatives of Sciences Po in India, Ms. Sophie Collet and Ms. Neha Khanna. Mr. Enrico Letta gave an extremely thought provoking lecture on “Nation Building in Europe, a Comparison with Asia”which was followed by a stimulating discussion with students. The Sciences Po representatives engaged with the students on application processes, deadlines and post graduation prospects at Sciences Po, and cleared doubts regarding the same.
Lady Shri Ram College for Women hosted an eight day long Winter School, organized by the University of Bath in December 2018. Titled ‘Global Responsibilities from the Market to the Individual’ the course was open to all undergraduate students and was inter-disciplinary in nature. Taught by faculty from the University of Bath, it included specialists from the disciplines of Economics, Philosophy, History and Political Science. The students carried out different group projects, wherein they learnt about the practical application of what they studied theoretically through lectures and seminars. Dr. Peter Postle, HOD of Economics at the University of Bath was the Guest of Honour at the closing ceremony and students were felicitated for their project work.
Mr. Danny Pan, Associate Manager, Academic Partnerships, the Summer Institute at OrielCollege, Oxford and the Cambridge Summer Institutevisited the campus on 16th January, 2019 to inform students about summer courses at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. He explained about the enrolment process, scholarships and fee discounts offered at the SummerInstitutes.The session was interactive and students asked various questions related to the summer schools.
Mr. Nilesh Gaikwad from the EDHEC Business School, Paris conducted a session in Lady Shri Ram College on 4th April, 2019. He explained about the process of admission to EDHEC, the fee concessions available to students from LSRand discussed possible help with accommodation for students from LSR who would like to study at the EDHEC Business School. The session was interactive in nature and the students had many queries.
It is a matter of great pride for the College, that two students from LSR, Pratima Garg and Ms. Harnidh Kaur, have been selected as Schwarzman Scholars from India for 2019-20. This is a prestigious international global scholar’s programme located at Beijing with faculty from all over the world.
Monash University signed an MoU with LSR for a special scholarship called the “Meenakshi Gopinath and Ann Tickner Scholarship”. This scholarship, is primarily meant for students from LSR wanting to do their Ph.D at Monash Univeristy, Faculty of Arts.
A number of visitors, both from partner institutions and from institutions looking for partners in India, visited the college and met the Principal. Dr. Jennifer Grafton, Associate Dean (Global Engagement), from the University of Melbourne discussed possibilities of collaboration between LSR and the University of Melbourne. Dr. Lia Roberts, Academic Director, Centre for Global Initiatives, Mount Saint Mary’s University also discussed possible areas of collaboration. Ms. Amanda Stuart and Ms. Cindy Chen from the Summer Institutes of Oxford and Cambridge visited LSR to discuss the possibilities for students from LSR participating in summer courses at these Universities. A number of visitors from La Trobe and Macquarie visited the campus. These included Dr. Jacqueline Millner, Deputy Head of School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Prof. Kerry Krause, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics and Mr. Kelly Smith Pro Vice Chancellor, International Relations from La Trobe and Prof. Martina Mollering, Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts, Prof. David Wilkinson, Deputy Vice- Chancellor and Ms. Nicole Brigg, Pro Vice- Chancellor, Macquarie University.
LSR College hosted a number of exchange students in the academic year 2018-19. These included six students from Middlebury College, Maya Norbu, Stephanie Castaneda, Miyo McGinn, Abbey Knight, Gabriella Willingham and Lucy Weiss, Margaret Elizabeth Kyle from the Ontario in India Programme and two students from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Kaushalaya Vijayan Kumaran and Vandhana Jeyaran. While some of the exchange students came for one semester others came on a year-long exchange.
A number of students from LSR have been nominated for collaborative programmes in Universities abroad. Sharmishtha Singh has been nominated for the Sciences Po Programme in Paris while Reshma Ganesh Babu and Muskan Kushawa have been selected for the Masters Programme at Macquarie University, Australia. Visakha Chowdhury and Charvee Wadhwa have been nominated for the Summer School at NUS while Km. Smiti and Samiksha Purohit have been chosen for the year long exchange programme at Fukuoka University, Japan.
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