International partnerships: new windows of opportunity in India


It is evident from global experiences that flexibility has a critical role in the internationalisation process of higher education institutions. Although the idea of creating world-class institutions has always been at the top of the agenda of the Indian Government, recent initiatives have largely been constrained by various domestic factors.

However, the Government has realised that addressing the key issue of institutional flexibility is important to shape India’s future role in the global knowledge economy. Recently announced national-level policy changes in higher education, such as Institutions of Eminence and Graded Autonomy, are encouraging signs.

This e-poster will examine the greater institutional flexibility promised by the new regulations. It will also provide information on partnership opportunities likely to enhance the innovative capacities of institutions, students and educators.

Learning objectives:

Delegates attending this e-poster session will gain an understanding of:

* institutions that are covered under the new regulations for international partnerships

* the importance of understanding the new regulatory framework to enter into teaching, research and mobility partnerships with Indian institutions.

Key interest area: Transnational education (TNE) 
Other key interest areas: Learning and teaching (L&T), Marketing and recruitment (M&R), Mobility and learning abroad (MOB) 

Ms Lakshmi Subramonia Iyer

Sannam S4 Consulting Pvt Ltd

Lakshmi Iyer has been working in the education industry for more than 16 years and brings senior managerial experience to the table. Her passion for the sector is immense and she has been an active observer and commentator about the industry. Lakshmi has been working with Sannam S4 since 2011. Prior to working with Sannam S4, Lakshmi worked with Study Overseas Global, a leading education consultancy in India owned by Navitas. She served in the company for nine years, having been part of the establishment team in Mumbai and eventually relocating to New Delhi to run operations at headquarters. In her 17 months’ tenure as Head of UK operations, Lakshmi established new branches in Indore and Chandigarh while managing six offices across the country. At Sannam S4, under Lakshmi’s leadership, the Education Division now supports more than 50 higher education clients from eight countries and contributes more than 50% of the revenue base of the company. In the past four years Lakshmi has been responsible for nurturing key relationships that have enabled the division to expand its footprint to China and South-East Asia.