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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.138

Institutional and Disciplinary Networking: How can we make it work


  • Dr. Soumendra Mohan PATNAIK

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Education, especially in the space of higher education needs to orient its focus to a global perspective, not just in comparative terms, but in greater assimilative spirit. Furthermore, academics and higher education enjoys a relative freedom of speech as well as the ability to traverse boundaries which might otherwise face socio-political hindrances. Academic institutes often promote inter-institutional collaborations as well as exchange programmes to promote cross-pollination of ideas and experience as well as mobility; however this remains restricted to very few in numbers. Further, the real import of this intercultural knowledge can be attained only through a more action oriented discourse with parallel organisations focusing on policy and implementation. Utkal University has started an International Office at Vani Vhar, Bhubeneswar, India with support of World Bank, to provide a boost to the university structure by internationalising its campus, curriculum and culture. The attempt is towards internationalisation at home and substantive internationalisation with transformative effect. It also aims to pitch internationalisation of higher education by establishing meaningful benefits. The present paper is a case in progress and looks towards a dialogue in building intercultural competency not just across geographies but across intellectual, disciplinary and institutional boundaries.