Dr. Ronald A. Nazareth
Dean of International Collaboration Cell
International Collaboration Cell
Given the current trends in education and learning, the horizon of changing methodologies has widened, seems distant, and is getting more ambiguous. Tools and methodologies employed in imparting education have transcended spatial and geographical limitations.
Physical boundaries have faded away, giving way to more collaborative effort by institutions to offer ubiquitous access to online and interactive ways of learning.
Online courses contributing to cross-training of students have become essential since the job requirements are changing disproportionately to what educational institutions are trying to deliver.
Therefore, it is imminent that institutions excelling in specific areas strategize their contribution of distinct expertise, toward building a holistic approach to education.
Knowledge is easily accessible and the task of teaching has become more of a guide on the side role for the faculty. To move toward this increasingly demanding environment that figures in the new ways of teaching, it is imperative that educational systems keep up with the times and build on collaborative efforts.
Toward this end, St Aloysius College has drawn 31 MOUs out of which 17 are with universities abroad, in the U.S., Spain, Germany, UK, and New Zealand. It is hence, engaged in active collaboration with some of these universities; among some others that are actively collaborating even without any signed agreement.
Starting 2016, management and IT students of St Aloysius have completed add-on courses from a university in the U.S. that has acknowledged the course completion with certificates issued to the students. A number of other initiatives are in the works.
Under the Study-abroad program, since 2015, students from the U.S. have completed one-semester courses in St Aloysius, ending with internships at institutions connected to their area of study. The number of students has increased steadily each year, and currently there are 4 students studying at St Aloysius under this program.
Other programs include project work like the Department of Health wherein students and faculty of the Health department from the U.S. frequent St Aloysius to connect with the rehabilitation center and rural exposure. Faculty Development Program is geared up to link up with a university in Spain and the number of faculty exchange programs has increased in the last couple of years.
Studying in St Aloysius, now, has become a unique experience for students from within India and abroad.