This year, on July 31, SCMS NOIDA organized International Students Day to celebrate the Birthday of our Honourable Chancellor, Prof. (Dr.) S. B. Mujumdar, a distinguished academician and educationist, to commemorate his extraordinary work. To mark this occasion, the Internationalization cell at SCMS, NOIDA organized a webinar on "Internationalization of Higher Education: Way forward on July 31,2020 at 3:00p.m. (IST). We were honoured to have Mrs. Reeta Narang Sood, Civil Servant, UK Government and Dr. Geoffrey Clements, Chairman, Commonwealth Infrastructure Partners as guest speakers for the event. The Webinar started with a brief on Symbiosis International (Deemed University) and SCMS, NOIDA. A video was played showing the inception and vision of our university and persistent efforts taken by our Honourable Chancellor, Prof. (Dr.) S. B. Mujumdar, whose vision has blossomed the university into a hub of higher education, attracting scholars from various parts of the globe.
The Faculty-in-charge, Internationalization at SCMS, NOIDA, Dr. Priya Grover highlighted the international initiatives being carried at the institute. The audience was shown a video depicting the perspectives of students of the institute who had gone abroad for semester or summer school programmes in different universities abroad. This was followed by an address by Prof. K. P. Venugopala Rao, Director, SCMS NOIDA highlighting the efforts being taken at the institute for Internationalization of Higher Education and the vision ahead.
The guest speakers shared their immense knowledge and experience and threw light on the way forward to Internationalization of Higher Education. Dr. Geoffery Clements emphasized that the youth of today have opportunities that no other generation had and also stated that education is not about information but converting information into knowledge and developing practical resources to maximize one’s potential. Mrs. Reeta Narang Sood focused on the life of an international student in UK, the challenges faced and the opportunities ahead for a good life in UK.
The students of Internationalization cell showcased the rich Indian culture through a beautiful video. The students who had gone for semester abroad or summer school programs in different universities abroad also shared their experiences and highlighted the need for international exposure for the overall development of a student. The international students at SCMS NOIDA also shared their wonderful experiences at the institute and how the institute helped them in adjusting to the new environment. The event came to an end with a vote of thanks to the guest speakers. The webinar was very interactive and knowledgeable and provided a rich learning experience to students presenting them a pathway to Internationalization ahead.
After the webinar, team SCMS NOIDA planted saplings as a mark of our continuous commitment to a sustainable environment. Sweets were distributed to all faculty and staff members to celebrate the birthday of our Honourable Chancellor, Prof. Dr. S. B. Mujumdar. The event culminated on a happy note, feeling proud to be part of a university that believes in Internationalization through quality education.
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