iHED Conference 2023
1-3 March 2023
Strategic Partnerships, Double Degree Programs, University Alliances, Funding
iHED is one of the leading international conferences in India addressing the topic of the internationalisation of higher education. Register to meet, discuss and expand the international network with representatives from Europe and South Asia.
From 1-3 March 2023 the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) will organise the 3rd edition of the International Higher Education Dialogue (iHED) conference online in cooperation with UEFISCDI (Romania). It focuses on developing and sustaining structured international cooperation and strategic partnerships. It also aims at extending the network of institutions in international cooperation between Asia and Europe.
iHED 2023 is a platform for stakeholders and higher education institutions from Germany, India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka to connect, meet and exchange good practices. The conference includes interactive sessions, panel discussions, B2B meetings and speed presentations. Join the 35 international speakers and more than 300 representatives of more than 150 higher education institutes and discuss models of cooperation, funding, good practice of partnership programs and trends in internationalisation.
Highlights of the conference are:
- Overview of funding schemes for institutional cooperation including the European funding schemes
- Guidelines and good practice of semester exchange, double/dual and joint degrees programs
- Exposure to different models of cooperation and partnerships including consortia and university alliances
- Insights into ERASMUS cooperation projects between Europe and South Asia
- Get to know about the measurement of the impact of cooperation
- Outlook on international cooperation in Europe and Asia
- Possibility to connect with HEI experts and representatives in 1:1 meetings on the online platform
Themes for Conference 2023
Be a part of the iHED – International Higher Education Dialogue and actively participate in the conference from 1 – 3 March 2023. The DAAD, the Association of Indian Universities and UEFISCDI look forward to your participation.
The following topics will be discussed this year:
Strategic Partnerships - What is the Way forward?
Format: Fire-Side Chat
Over the last decade higher education institutions worldwide have been focusing on establishing strategic partnerships and expanding their international engagement in universities networks and alliances. These models aim for sustainable cooperation in research and teaching going beyond only student exchange opportunities.
Is the partnership model between departments in universities outdated? What are the benefits of engaging in international networks and alliances? What are the institutional challenges in setting up strategic partnerships and managing alliances as well as networks? In the fire-side chat two leading experts from India and Germany will take up these questions and discuss the current developments in German and Indian higher education institutions.
ERASMUS: Insights in Cooperation Projects between Europe and South Asia
Format: Presentations followed by discussion
The Erasmus funding programmes foster innovation and cross-border cooperation. They enable cooperation among organisations and institutions (HEIs) in the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices at organisational, regional, or global levels. This session focuses on best practice examples of cooperation projects between Europe and South Asia under different funding lines, e.g. joint master programmes, measurements for capacity development. Guiding questions are: What are the steps to receive funding? How and where to identify a potential project partner? What are the partners gaining from the cooperation – long term and short term? How are the resources shared? How is the success of the project assessed?
Double/Dual and Joint Degrees: Good Practice and Challenge
Format: Presentations followed by discussion
International double/dual and joint degrees are an integral part of the internationalisation of higher education. The Indian New Education Policy followed by the guidelines of the University Grants Commission emphasise the importance of study programmes leading to a degree offered with an international partner. Even though for such programmes there is an increasing demand worldwide, Indian higher education institutions implementing those, despite having English language as medium of instruction, are few in numbers.
This session will focus on good practices as well as challenges while establishing study programmes with an international partner university which lead to a degree(s) conferred by the partners. What are successful approaches for implementing these programmes at structural level with partners worldwide? What are challenges in setting up these programs? How can one ease the administrative process of establishing double/dual and joint degree with international partners? These and other questions will be discussed in the session.
Beyond Bilateral Projects: Cooperation in Multilateral Partnerships and Consortia
Format: Presentations followed by discussion
Besides the “classical” Memorandum of Understanding between two higher education institutions to facilitate international exchange over the last two decades universities and colleges are looking to engage in larger interinstitutional cooperation networks and to form international consortia. The European universities financed by the EU, the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) but also the Association of East Asian Research Universities (AEARU) are prominent examples where universities from different countries work together.
With this session an outlook on working in multilateral partnerships and networks as well as in consortia is provided. The session will offer insights in good practice by universities who engage in international networks. What are successful models of collaborative work with multiple partners? What is the added value and the opportunity of working in larger formalised networks? Are international consortia more sustainable and long-lasting than bilateral projects? These and other questions might be addressed during the session.
Impact of Cooperation: Monitoring and Measurement
Format: Presentations followed by discussion
Over the last years the measurement of outcomes and impacts in higher education and research projects has become integrated part of funding schemes and internationalisation activities within the institutions. For effective implementation and management of international cooperation projects clearly formulated objectives with related indicators are key to success and can help to drive internationalisation forward.
The session will focus on monitoring and measurement of partnerships, network activities, joint study programs and cooperation projects. Questions to be addressed during the session are: Why monitoring and evaluation should be implemented? What set of indicators can be used to measure success? How to systematically collect data on internationalisation activities and cooperation projects? How to formulate a result-based framework for cooperation projects?
Opportunities and Barriers in Structured Exchange Programs
Format: Panel Discussion
The National Education Policy (2020) has been catalysing internationalisation in India. With the regulations of the Universities Grant Commission on Twinning, Joint Degree and Dual Degree Programmes for the first time the overall framework for structured exchange programs is set. In the panel discussion members of an Indo-German working group, who have been analysing the legal regulations and institutional challenges of structured exchange programs in both countries, will discuss the barriers and opportunities. They will give insights in the manifold pitfalls and challenges arising from structural differences in the higher education systems while setting up semester exchange, dual/double degree and joint degree programs.
Outlook on International Cooperation in Europe and Asia
Format: Panel Discussion
Higher education institutions are currently evaluating and revising their internationalisation strategies. The cooperation with longstanding partners and partner countries is questioned or even broken due to the current geopolitical situation with a military conflict in Europe but also the changing system as well priorities in partner countries for example China. During the panel discussion experts from Europe and Asia will address current developments in internationalisation with a focus on regional networks and cooperation between Europe and Asia. The experts will discuss on projecting stability in international cooperation with the help of networks and alliances. Shifts in internationalisation, the importance of regional cooperation and the role of Europe and Asia in the future global higher education are other topics to be addressed.
Funding for Institutional Cooperation
Format: Speed Presentation
Funding is essential to engage in new cooperation projects and to further intensify and expand the effectiveness of existing projects. During this session, an overview of funding programs for international cooperation between Germany and the region of South Asia will be provided. Meet representatives of the DAAD, DFG, Indo-German Center for Science and Technology, the ERASMUS agency of Germany who will give insights into their funding mechanisms.
The iHED – International Higher Education Dialogue conference took place from 4 to 6 May 2022.
International cooperation, mobility, and exchange in the field of higher education and research have been evolving over the last decades globally. Germany and India have been highlighting internationalisation as the key factor in their current policies and strategies to develop the higher education and research system.
Student mobility, international cooperation, capacity building and rankings still drive the agenda of internationalisation. Topics such as quality of education equity and access are gaining traction in the international discourse.
The conference included:
I. Transnational Education
by Kevin Van-Cauter, British Council
II. Philanthropic Funding
by Dr Kavita A Sharma
- Panel Discussion: The Role of International Higher Education in Times of Changing Geopolitics
- Parallel Sessions
I. Equity and Access
II. Improving Quality of Higher Education through Ranking
III. Strategic Partnerships
IV. Non-Degree Seeking Mobility
- Parallel B2B Meetings
The B2B meetings took place using a specially designed online tool.
The following topics were discussed in the parallel sessions
Developing sustainable and multi-lateral partnerships between institutions
To contribute to the internationalisation strategies of the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), it is important to have sustainable and long-term partnerships across the globe. This session will focus on how such strategic partnerships contribute to improving the overall quality of teaching and research. Some questions could be: How could multi-lateral partnerships at institutional levels be made more sustainable beyond partnerships that are exclusively managed by individual departments? How do they strengthen interdisciplinary interactions within the participating institutions? How developing a multi-lateral institutional partnership opens new and innovative areas of cooperation between the institutions? How can such partnerships include more than one subject area and/or comprise different levels or scopes of cooperation?
Fostering internationalisation through short-term stays
Over the last decade short-term programmes have seen an increasing demand among students. Building a coherent system of short-term programmes at home and abroad can be one of the drivers of internationalisation. The forms of non-degree-seeking mobility are multifold. Thematic summer schools, courses with micro-degrees as well as student and faculty exchange based on agreements. The sessions will give an outlook on good practices, the impact and challenges of non-degree-seeking mobility. The following aspects will be addressed: How can innovative international short-term programs contribute and impact the internationalisation of the own institutions? How to deal with recognition of study achievements in exchange programs and crediting regulation for micro degrees? How to finance non-degree seeking mobility between Europe and South Asia using the funding schemes of the EU?
Equity and Access
Enabling international education for all
Recognising and overcoming continual inequities in higher education is one of the most significant challenge facing higher education institutions globally. This session will identify barriers that hinder progress and discuss possible solutions that could promote access to higher education for all. The questions would be: Which groups are most disadvantaged and how have their ‘participation rates’ changed? What steps should policy makers take to make global higher education participation more equitable? Which innovative practices are being followed in higher education and who are the frontrunners? What role does technology play to ensure equity and access?
Improving quality of higher education
Rankings are seen as the quality assurance system that engages the academic community in meeting high quality standards, implementing a continuous improvement process and engaging in quality assurance through internal and external review. There are a few agencies such as Times Higher Education Ranking, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and Asian World Ranking of University (AWRU) popularly known as Shanghai Ranking who are involved in ranking of the institutions at the international level. India has also developed its own ranking system known as National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF). The session highlights: What is the advantage of participating in ranking? How to prepare for participating in the ranking? Which processes should be in place to give the institutions an advantage while being evaluated?
Take a look at how it went!
Connecting Germany and South Asia
More than 500 representatives of universities, research institutes and funding organisations from Germany, India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka joined the conference in 2021.
The conference brought together more than 240 institutions, amongst them 42 from Germany, 172 from India, and 34 from the region. The international conference included focussed sessions, panel discussions and keynotes. More than 300 dedicated B2B meetings took place on the platform where potential cooperation partners engaged and discussed.
Prof. Emanuel Deutschmann, in his keynote “Trends in International Student Mobility: A Long-Term, Global Perspective”, argued that international student mobility has seen tremendous growth and despite this global growth, international student mobility remains highly unequal. His key findings show proximity as the reason for this inequality. Since 1960, students tend to move frequently between short distances upto 5000 kms. He illustrated the most salient trends in the global student mobility network through engaging visualisations and scientific research data.
In his keynote “Democratisation of International Education in India”, Prof. C Raj Kumar talked about the need of global citizenship and global universities to transform societies. He emphasised that instead of a few universities being the ambassadors of internationalisation in India, support must be extended to the other institutions across the region to initiate internationalisation.
The conference had sessions on internationalisation in times of pandemic, the New Education Policy of India (NEP), inbound international student mobility and the role of alumni relations in internationalisation. The call for proposals was published in summers this year and selected speakers presented on the topics.
The conference hosted panelists from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka for a discussion on Internationalisation of Higher Education. During the discussion, the need for more regional cooperation was highlighted.
The conference was concluded with a panel discussion on “The Internationalisation of Higher Education Institutions in 2030”. Prof. Joybrato Mukherjee, President – DAAD very accurately summarised what sets the course of international exchange in the future – networks, digitalisation, and sustainable mobility.
DAAD expresses its thanks to the organising partner Association of Indian Universities, the speakers, panelists, experts and audience for making this conference a success.