As many as 19 institutions from a dozen countries participated in a two-day international higher education conference (IHEC) hosted by Amity Business School, Amity University Mumbai recently.
Titled ‘Education Before and After Pandemic’, the conference witnessed participation of higher education institutions from Malaysia, China, Netherlands, Taiwan, Australia and many other countries, with over speakers from across the globe. There were 800 registrations for the conference, with more than 300 international registrations.
The conference delved into the better understanding of the pre and post pandemic situations on a micro level and the depth of discussions in all the round table conferences explored every minute detail of the current scenario of the world.
Dato Nigam Foon, former president, MATTA, delivered the keynote address on ‘International Mobility and its future post the pandemic’. Foon discussed major developments on mobility such as online and social interactions, contactless service and key role of smartphones and modern-day work-life.
The first round-table discussion was conducted on the theme ‘Repositioning Higher Education: Overview of strategies formulation before and after the Pandemic’ in which the panel members spoke about the difficulties in transitioning from offline to an online mode and how the situation has reversed post the pandemic.
The second-round table discussion was held to understand the tactics for dealing with the unknown. Being flexible, recognising opportunities, staying ahead of time and being decisive were identified through the discussion as key skills that are required to face challenges.
The third-round table addressed the topic of ‘Internationalisation at home’. The discussion focused on the idea of internationalisation not only being a mode of cultural/ business exchange, but also a means for improving the education scenario on a global level.
Following the concept of internationalisation, the theme for round table four was ‘Cross Border Internationalisation’. The discussion highlighted the key role that internationalisation plays in improvement of educational resources and cultural enrichment on an international level, helping the students of the future to become true global citizens.