Julia Gonzales (second from left) with pro-VC M Raziuddin and vice chancellor LN Bhagat during the presentation at Ranchi University on Wednesday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Two Spanish educators visited Ranchi University on Wednesday to make a presentation of their world programme with special reference to teaching-learning processes.
The two-member team of Julia Gonzales and Maria Jose represented Tuning Academy, an international reference centre in higher education, a joint effort of University of Groningen and Deusto University to explore tie-ups in higher education.
University of Groningen and Deusto University are both premier global names in education. Groningen varsity, in the city of Groningen, The Netherlands, was founded in 1614 and is celebrating 400 years of higher education. University of Deusto, a Spanish Jesuit institution with campuses in Bilbao and San Sebastián, is one of the country’s most prestigious names of higher education. Together, their collaborative efforts have formed the Tuning Academy, which aims to form tie-ups across the world to “tune” academic processes.
Gonzales and Jose met Ranchi University officials headed by vice chancellor L.N. Bhagat, pro vice chancellor M. Raziuddin and department heads in a two-hour meeting.
“They came to Ranchi University as a part of their pan-India tour. Their last stop was Calcutta and now they will head to northern and central India,” Raziuddin said after their presentation. “They are sharing their know-how as well as surveying practices and course curricula in vogue in other universities.”
On the meeting, he said it was “exhaustive”.
On tie-ups, he said: “We need the consent of University Grants Commission for any bilateral academic discourse. That’s why we asked our Spanish visitors to approach Union human resource department and the UGC. They acknowledged our suggestion.”
Why RU hasn’t excitedly jumped the gun in a foreign tie-up is because of past experience. Last year, it signed an MoU amid much fanfare with Newcastle University, United Kingdom, and announced its Namaste India programme. However, till date the academic exchange programme is yet to kick off formally.
“We are yet to get UGC clearances. Now, pursuing it is very difficult as we are already battling with other challenges, primarily manpower and infrastructure hassles,” said the pro VC.
On the deliberations of Wednesday’s meeting, the pro VC added the Spanish duo made presentations focused on mobility of teachers, trans-border exchange and academic synergies.
“No doubt, the presentation was good. Their curriculum is highly linked with industry needs and contemporary times. Still, we can’t blindly adopt their academic structures and policies for the simple reason that our priorities are different, and socio-economic and cultural conditions are diverse. Still, common workable grounds can be worked out and it is always good to have cross-country sharing to expand our understanding,” he said.
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