Prelude

We live in an increasingly globalised world which presents a number of opportunities along with an ever-increasing number of challenges. It is therefore vital for any University operating in the 21st century to have a strategic approach to the internationalisation of its activities.

This strategy seeks to develop a proactive and shared approach to internationalisation that complements and enhances our core activities of education and research. Internationalisation is not an end in itself; our aim is to embed it in everything we do.

Our strategic goals:

Goal one: to raise our international profile and reputation

1.1. Deepening our partnerships and networks

We will focus our activity on deepening our existing key education and research partnerships, ensuring they are mutually beneficial, reciprocal and well-communicated. We will develop networks, both geographical and themed based, with our key partners and their alliances. We will look to develop new institutional partnerships with universities, corporate organisations, non-academic and non-profit making activities and international funding bodies, only where they align with strategic and/or academic priorities at that point of time.

*WU will sign MOUs with the following accredited or ranked institutions:

  • AACSB/AMBA/EQUIS or EFMD- accredited institutions

  • QS Top 1000 institutions

  • Times Higher Education ranked

  • Russel Group of Universities

  • Ivy-League Institutions


1.2. Developing COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) programs

We will explore the opportunities to develop a select number of joint programs and to develop COIL activities aligned to our research and education priorities. COIL opportunities take many different forms from digital mobility and joint delivery of individual programs. We will focus on establishing collaborative international teaching ventures alongside our international partners, using existing physical spaces and developing blended digital collaboration. We will also place an emphasis on multilateral COIL opportunities where more than one partner is involved.

This could be in the form of E-exchange programs, webinars, symposiums, conferences, faculty exchange and joint certifications.

1.3. Promoting our activities

We will actively promote and communicate our international activity. We will facilitate and support both internal and external events and conferences that showcase our international activities and attract academic visitors to campus, thereby raising our profile and reputation.

1.4. Strengthening our alumni engagement

We will continue to engage proactively with our alumni networks across the globe, enabling them to contribute and support, our international priorities and to act as University ambassadors across the world. We will also aim to ensure that alumni and development activity benefits our current students.

1.5. Reviewing our institutional processes

We will review our international partnership and collaboration processes to ensure they are fit-for-purpose. We will establish criteria for our strategic and key partnerships, outlining the mutual benefits and intended outcomes.



Goal two: to increase our international research expertise and address global challenges

2.1. Focusing international activities around our research strengths

Working with the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (CIR), we will prioritise international collaborations which focus on our strongest research areas. This will include bilateral partnerships between individual research centres as well as promoting multilateral research networks in particular areas of excellence. We will increase our research outputs with international collaborators and seek to maximise success rates with Indian and international funding schemes.

2.2. Capacity sharing

We will seek opportunities for capacity sharing across our international networks and partnerships including support for short-term or medium-term academic secondment and international residencies.

2.3. Addressing global challenges

We will build on our existing approach of engaging in research with a strong social purpose which has real world impact. Wherever possible, international activities will support and encourage responsible international engagement and ensure sustainable collaborations.

Goal three: to develop a globally aware and mobile university

3.1. Growing our portfolio of mobility opportunities for staff and students

We will build on our existing strengths in international placements, Erasmus+ and study abroad by increasing and diversifying the numbers of students at all levels who undertake a period of work, study or volunteering overseas. This will include the development of more short-term opportunities focused on developing employability. We will increase opportunities for staff mobility, across all job families, to support professional development and strengthen our international partnerships. We will also aim to develop non-geographic mobility through digital collaboration with our international partners.

3.2. Promoting Transnational Doctoral Education

We will facilitate increased doctoral student mobility and develop a selected number of joint Ph.D. programs with key partners. We will look to source increased funding opportunities by actively engaging with new and existing international scholarship schemes to attract the highest calibre doctoral students from across the world.

3.3. Promoting Internationalisation at home

Working closely with our students, we will actively promote Internationalisation at home to sustain a global outlook in all staff and students and ensure that the university is a welcoming intercultural environment. We will continue to prioritise attracting an internationally diverse staff and student population and, through encouraging an international perspective in staff, we will increasingly internationalise the curriculum. We will develop a program of events to celebrate our internationally diverse campus and provide opportunities for increased intercultural awareness and understanding. We will promote staff mobility and explore the development of international summer schools, providing opportunities for intercultural exchange and raising the visibility of our taught programs and research activity.

3.4. Developing our international campus

We will improve the communication and coordination of all international engagement activities across the university to ensure a more coherent approach. We will share mutually beneficial intelligence on international partnership and recruitment activities.

3.5. Attracting high-profile, distinguished visitors and delegations

We will provide support for high-profile visitors and inbound and outbound delegations. We will develop the Global Chairs program, utilising the opportunities to develop our research strengths and our international profile and networks.

Goal four: to strengthen our Strategic engagement

4.1. Developing key European, American and Asian partnerships

We will identify new partnerships and strengthen our existing partnerships with key universities, organisations and networks by building on our well-established mobility, research, corporate and industry links.

4.2. How we measure the success of internationalisation

Building successful international partnerships and activities is challenging and not all activity is easily quantifiable. However, whilst measuring the success of internationalisation is far from straightforward, we do need to develop reliable ways of assessing progress in order to maximise our investment and resources.

Some of these measurable elements are:

  • International rankings

  • Numbers of international joint papers and publications

  • Staff and student mobility

  • Student engagement and satisfaction

  • International student recruitment and grant capture

There will be two internationalisation periods:

Sept to Oct
March to April

International Symposium/ Panel Discussions/ Roundtable - Once in a Quarter (With Accreditation/Ranking bodies or Partner Universities)

Global Impact Summit - Annual

School of Arts & Design: WU shall work on building partnerships of repute with universities and corporates around the world for providing program specific opportunities viz. Fashion Design, Industrial Design, Communication Design, and Interior Design.

These shall be in the form of student & faculty mobility, progressive studies/ dual-degree, research collaboration, joint projects, conferences, symposiums, among others.

School of Architecture & Planning: WU shall work on building quality partnerships with universities and corporates around the world for providing Architecture program specific opportunities.

These shall be in the form of student & faculty mobility, progressive studies/ dual-degree, research collaboration, joint projects, conferences, symposiums, among others.

School of Technology: WU shall partner with recognized universities and corporates around the world for providing program specific opportunities in CSE, EEE, ECE, ME and Mechatronics.

These shall be in the form of student & faculty mobility, progressive studies/ dual-degree, research collaboration, joint projects, conferences, symposiums, among others.





Collaborations



Educational Testing Service (ETS)

IESA, Venezuela

In keeping with its vision to redefine the Indian higher education space and facilitate global standards, Woxsen University has collaborated with Educational Testing Service (ETS) for creation and dissemination of international opportunities for the academia and the industry. As the world's largest private non-profit educational testing and assessment organization, ETS products and services are reckoned by notable and influential leaders and scientists world-wide. Woxsen resonates with the core values of ETS, which are Social Responsibility, Equity and Opportunity, Quality and Integrity.

ETS is renowned for its robust and scientifically acknowledged platforms that measure knowledge, skills, promote learning, performance, and support research, education and professional development. As the Prime Partner, Woxsen with its strong industry connect will provide ETS access to one of the world's biggest corporate sectors. With this partnership, ETS further aims to develop a strong base in India by leveraging on the exponential growth of the university on multiple fronts, focusing on Global Dimension, Digitalisation, CSR & ERS, Industry-Academia Interface, and Experiential Learning.

The core functions of this collaboration:

  • Collaborate on research projects and capstone projects

  • Foster international mobility of students through global immersion, competitions & conferences

  • Facilitate international internships and work abroad prospects

  • Co-act on MDPs/FDPs