Global exposure at university can unlock exponential growth for students
Industries across the world are looking for professionals who have a comprehensive outlook. UPES, through its exchange programs, partnerships with international institutes and globally-acclaimed academicians, is creating a culture of universal education
Today, we have the world at our fingertips, and the globalised future of tomorrow envisions an ever more connected world. Businesses today are encouraging cross-country collaboration and looking for professionals who can speak a global language. We need thought leaders who have the necessary skills to operate in a dynamic world and nurture a global outlook. Universities are trying to cater to the new demands by creating relevant partnerships and programs.
UPES has been at the forefront of this movement. Over the years, it has fostered a culture of global education by building exchange programs and partnerships with international institutes. But that’s not all. To provide a more global perspective to classroom teaching, the university has also put together a team of globally-acclaimed academicians for different courses. Some of the faculty members are from top international institutes such as the University of Oxford, Yale University, Kings College London, Stanford University, Berkeley, University of California, and The University of Texas at Austin. Many of them are also recipients of prestigious and renowned scholarships like the Fulbright Scholarship and Chevening Scholarship.
Having a globally-recognised team of professors with international education, extensive teaching and industry experiences will enrich a university’s ethos and most importantly, will benefit the students in various ways.
Professors with international exposure can expand the student’s understanding of the global work environment. Often they bring with them new and innovative styles of teaching that can help students gain new perspectives. Their international standards of teaching are more interactive with a focus on assignments, projects, discussions, and problem-solving. This helps students build critical thinking capabilities while getting to learn from some of the brightest minds from across the world.
As an aspiring professional, it’s imperative to know the industry best practises followed in your field of specialisation. An international faculty will bring with it the real-world know-how of the best practices followed in other nations. For example, professors who have done PhD at the University of Oxford will be able to exchange their insights regarding the practises followed in the UK or even the European Union. UPES recently hired an assistant professor of law who had worked on the prevention of mass atrocities as a researcher for a London-based NGO. He was also associated with SOAS International Human Rights Clinic where he co-authored a report on the implementation of international legal standards on hate speech and incitement of violence. While teaching, these experiences will translate into invaluable learnings for the students of UPES’ School of Law and help them gain a wider understanding of the implications of law worldwide.
Tomorrow’s leaders are expected to not only exercise critical thinking but also show empathy when making decisions. In a world where hate is gaining prominence, we need leaders who can lead with care, and global awareness will help students develop that. This awareness has to go beyond what you learn about the world from the internet, and this is where professors with global experience can help. Students can learn from them the nuances of work culture, ethics, and ideals followed in other nations. They can help the students decode cultural differences and contribute to their personal development.
A strong global faculty as the support system can also guide and mentor students in their research projects, especially for those who want to apply abroad. They can help students understand ways to navigate the academic world in other countries. They can also provide the necessary guidance in applying for jobs abroad.
UPES is one of the first universities to provide around 100 courses being taught by international faculty across their various schools of Law, Design, Computer Science and Engineering. The university has also partnered with some of the premier institutes of learning such as the University of Law, University of Canada West, the University of Europe for Applied Science, and the Institute of Technology & Innovation.