In a bid to help students who are unable to travel abroad for higher education, a few Bengaluru Higher Educational Institutions have taken an inititaive to employ international faculty members to conduct online classes. With this, students will have access to course curriculum of international standard and it will also help in setting up a global platform to facilitate interaction between students and international faculty.
Three foreign faculty members have been hired by Indian Institute of Fashion and Animation (IIFA) college to conduct online classes. The director of IIFA College, Yogesh J said that to address the queries of students about their study abroad plans, which were halted due to the pandemic, the institute decided to hire foreign faculties to help students. He also said that they are trying to ensure that the curriculum of online courses meets the needs of students and match the curriculum standard to that of foreign institutes.
Praveen Nandakumar, Co-Chairman, Bangalore School of Design has confirmed academic partnership with the College De Paris - Ecole Conte, France. He said that students are showing interest in choosing institutes and programmes that have an academic partnership like their International diploma in Interior Design and Bachelor’s in Interior Architecture. The curriculum of these courses meet international standards and are offered by international faculty members from London, France and Italy.
The Director of Lurnable Global Pathways (UK) Limited, Madhan says that the COVID-19 pandemic may have put a halt on the study abroad plans of many students, but 91% of them are still interested in travelling abroad as soon as the restrictions are lifted. He further said that while measures are being taken by the institutes to provide international study exposure by hiring foreign faculties, it is only a temporary solution and so many universities are trying to find measures to allow students to participate in on-campus classes, internationally.
While most of institutes have opted to hire foreign faculty members to offer online courses, the Cambridge Group of Institutions has put 35 students and 10 teachers on a global interaction platform with international students and faculties, as confirmed by Nithin Mohan, the CEO of the institute. He added that students and teachers come together online to participate and interact with students through workshops, projects and various academic activities. Thus, the engineering and management students area at an advantage as they are able to interact with foreign faculties and students without paying for it.
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