Digitalisation has the power to transform the global learning environment and bring intercultural experiences closer to home. Although this fact was well-known, it was the pandemic and the corresponding lockdown which pushed educational institutions around the world to explore new teaching and learning arrangements, facilitated by digital means and re-envision international mobility and intercultural exchange. Understanding the importance of this ‘blended mobility’, enabled by international cooperation and virtual exchange, especially in times like today, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) had invited applications for the International Virtual Academic Collaboration (IVAC) programme.
The DAAD has selected and is funding funded 48 projects. With its 5 projects making it to the list, India is leading the way with the maximum number of funded projects for an emerging nation.
The projects are:
- Creating Virtual Spaces in the Academic Collaboration between FRAUAS and ADBU – A collaboration between Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences and Assam Don Bosco University
- Perspektivenwechsel – Globales Lernen: Interkulturelle Erfahrungen (Change in perspectives – Global learning: Intercultural experiences) – A project by University of Göttingen, in partnership with Ashoka University and Savitribai Phule Pune University
- Transforming Global Health Education in a Digital Age – Indo German Partnership – A partnership between University of Heidelberg and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
- Intercultural perspectives on information literacy – A collaboration between University of Hildesheim and Symbiosis College of Arts & Commerce
- Community of Practice Inter-culturalism and Literary Theory (CoPIT) – A partnership between University of Wuppertal and a cluster of Indian educations, including University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, University of Mumbai and Savitribai Phule Pune University
Through this programme, DAAD aims to provide practical support to instructors and strategic support to universities with the aim of developing and expanding international higher education partnerships and worldwide mobility by tapping digital possibilities. Through bi- and multilateral collaborations, universities would not only be developing certification programmes, jointly offered micro degrees, and structured international degree programmes, for which students can receive credit points, but also assessment tools and virtual conferences. The end goal of the programme is to a form a broad-based university community, which is familiar with international digital collaboration formats.
Team DAAD wishes the institutions success in their research and development activities.
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