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Plan B: Students joining city institutes with foreign collabs

www.mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com | August 11, 2020
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IB students looking for international education options within the country without shifting curriculum.

The ongoing pandemic has compelled a number of IB students to reconsider their plan of going abroad to pursue undergraduate programmes.

Many of them are now looking for options at city-based institutes that have collaborations with foreign universities.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a challenging and prestigious international programme recognised by top universities worldwide. After completing IBDP, which is equivalent to Class XII of other boards, students mostly enroll for undergraduate programmes at foreign universities.

Aishwarya Potdar, 17, who completed her IBDP in July with a very high score of 44 out of 45 points, had to change her plan last minute even after securing offers from King’s College London and the University College London. Heeding advice from parents, she finally decided to pursue BSc in Economics and Finance from the University of London, offered at Juhu’s Podar World School.

Podar World College has seen a spike this year in the number of IB students flocking to its undergraduate programmes offered in collaboration with the London School of Economics (LSE), the University of London and the University of Wolverhampton.

“Where we had a few IB students joining every year, the figure has crossed 40 this year,” said Dr Vandana Lulla, dean of Podar World College. She pointed out that foreign collaborations allow students to get certifications from prestigious universities without visiting them.

Dr Lulla said all those who have dropped their plans of going abroad have mostly taken admission for the LSE programmes and BA in business management from the University of Wolverhampton. Known as transnational education, it helps students to continue their international education from their home country, she said. “They get the certification from the LSE and can later go abroad for post-graduation. This saves them money and addresses their safety concerns,” Dr Lulla said.

Long-term planning

The city’s top IB schools recently also met the heads of the new cluster university, Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate (HSNC) University, comprising colleges such as KC, HR and the Bombay Teachers’ Training College. “The IB schools were keen to know about foreign collaborations,” said Dr Hemlata Bagla, the principal of KC College.

At the HSNC launch in June, its provost Niranjan Hiranandani stressed on liberal education. Karjat’s Vijaybhoomi University, another institute boasting of liberal education, has partnerships with top international business schools as per its website.

Pune’s FLAME University, which has tie-ups with Yale University and Boston University in the US and York University in Canada offers the opportunity of doing a “semester abroad” for all programmes.

A representative of FLAME said the institute has seen the number of admissions rise this year, not just from IB schools, but from other boards too. “While our first semester is online, the second one is usually done abroad. Depending on the movement of flights, this option will be reviewed,” he said.

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