Bill Rammell, deputy vice-chancellor, University of Plymouth, UK, on its MoU with Kaziranga University, Assam. He talks to Tirna Ray
Q- What does the memorandum of understanding signed with Kaziranga University, Assam entails?
The agreement is to initially look at ways we could collaborate in the areas of teaching and in the longer term, in research and staff and student exchange.
Q- Why did you choose Kaziranga University, Assam for the MoU?
It is important that there is complementary vision and outlook so that our agreements can benefit students to the maximum. By this we mean a commitment to applied education, quality of teaching and learning, employability and personal development as well as rigourous academic standards.
Q- In what ways will it benefit students?
Students will benefit from different styles of teaching – there will be collaboration between Kaziranga and Plymouth on teaching styles and methods. Plymouth staff will visit Kaziranga to learn from faculty members here and take their experiences back to UK. There will also be exchange programmes and joint PhDs.
Q- Why are international collaborations becoming more and more important in the 21st Century?
India is becoming ever more globally important economically, socially and politically. India has a proud academic tradition, but not an arrogant one. Academics in India are keen to continue to collaborate with colleagues overseas for the benefit of their students and their research. Additionally, Indian students are ambitious and curious. People are increasingly wanting to study in different ways with different people in different places. The ‘cultural fluency’ this exposure engenders in students is valuable both personally and professionally. (Courtesy: Myeducationtimes.com)