Should you study at the Indian campus of a global university?
As global universities set up campuses across the world or affiliate with local universities in various countries, you may ask yourself “Why should I go all the way to America or Canada or the UK to study? Why not join one of these campuses closer to home?” While the countries of origin may have a lot to offer in terms of tradition and established reputation, an affiliate or satellite program may suit your purposes just as well, or better, by offering different dimension to your experience.
Right within India there are a number of colleges, degree programs and short courses set up by global education brands. For example Parsons has collaborated with the Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI) to build a creative network. While the transfer to Parson’s New York is not guaranteed, the exposure to a innovative teaching methods, diverse faculty and the rigors of the design process may give you a better sense of whether you are cut out for a creative education and career. Should you elect to stay at ISDI the curriculum will equip you with best-in-class thinking methods and skills that you can leverage anywhere in the world.
New York Film Academy is also starting courses in film making and acting for film in Mumbai. If these short courses gain traction, who knows, maybe full degree courses are not far behind. If you’re interested in working in the Indian film industry, enrolling in the courses here, rather than New York or L.A. could connect you with the right network and set you on a path within the local industry from the start, without the visa hassles involved in employment abroad.
Besides creative industries, the local entrant on the college scene is Ashoka University whose collaborators include nine of the world’s top universities. This collaboration extends into curriculum development, visiting faculty and student exchange opportunities. Those opportunities go both ways, so the mix of students and faculty on campus promises to move beyond the usual pan-India diversity to include students from France (Science Po), The US (UPenn, UC Berkeley, Wellesley and others) and the UK (Kings College and Trinity College Dublin).
Just beyond India’s borders are some other excellent options as well – Northwestern University’s campus in Qatar offers nearby access to its bachelor’s degrees in journalism and communications, considered to be among the best in the world. Studying in Doha rather than Chicago allows you to immerse yourself in global affairs from within the region. Also the country’s commitment to resourcing the Education City, where the campus is located, ensures access to the latest communication technology and state-of-the-art facilities.
New York University’s (NYU) Campus in Abu Dhabi (NYU-AD) reflects a similar investment and commitment to bringing the best education infrastructure and talent to the region; Indian students can certainly benefit from this. In addition NYU- AD attracts students from around the world resulting in a truly diverse campus experience, in contrast to NYU in the US where the cultural exposure and peer interaction is primarily American.
Recently China has also joined several global education partners to bring top-notch institutions to its students at home. NYU’s other global campus in Shanghai was set up to connect NYU’s traditional academic excellence with the cultural richness and intellectual opportunity represented by China. An experience at this campus offers you exposure to pan-Asian issues from within an American educational framework. Duke University also opened a campus in Kunshan this year, intending to “address the changing needs of global higher education.” It is an excellent choice for a student who wants to learn in a hands-on, meaningful environment in a new culture. Finally, Yale NUS offers an intense US-style learning experience in Singapore.
Each of these opportunities offers something unique, specific and different from a traditional Indian college experience. Even if your reason for considering one of these programmes was initially to stay closer to home, you might come away enriched in multifaceted ways in the bargain.