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Universities from US, Australia, Europe offer education and more

Students Talk to University Representatives Attending DYPIS Career Fair 2022 | Salman Ansaric

Bombay: In an effort to encourage students of all age groups to study abroad, DY Patil International School, Worli hosted the DYPIS Career Fair 2022 in Mumbai.

More than 40 universities from countries like the US, UK, Australia, Italy, Canada, New Zealand, France, etc. came to the city to pitch what they have to offer in terms of academics, extracurricular activities, employment prospects, and much more.

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Non-English speaking European countries are looking at India

As scholarships are commonplace due to the ever-increasing demand for international education, some institutions are doing things outside the norm. “We offer students a four-year bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BBA) compared to the three-year courses offered there. We also provide students with options including Business Management and Global Business, offering them the opportunity to study at Edhec Business School, UCLA Extension and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore,” said Nilesh Gaikwad, Country Manager for Edhec. Business School, a B-school in France. “Edhec ranks in the top 5 in financial specialization, while being No. 1 in BBA in France. We have about 200 Indian students on campus every year, and the number is expected to grow,” said Gaikwad.

Other institutes such as Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, also known as NABA, is a private academy of fine arts located in one of the most important fashion capitals of the world, Milan. With a growing interest in style and fashion spreading across India, the institute aims to make the most of the momentum by translating the interest into a lifestyle. “India itself has a culture of design and art that has been part of the country’s history for centuries. With courses such as fashion, design and graphic design, students get the best of both worlds in which they can also understand Italian culture,” said a recruiting officer, representing NABA in India, adding that about 500 Indian students study at the institute.

US institutions strive to maintain their position as international education leaders

While universities from France and Italy, with their growing popularity among Indian students, stood out for their programs in Business and Fashion respectively, the world leader in international education in the US was not far behind in its institutions that caught the attention of students. “The interest in US university admissions has not diminished simply because it offers multiple opportunities in the fields of science, technology, mathematics, astronomy, etc. Our university has also participated in NASA-backed ventures, which makes it quite unique to study and use the facilities here,” said Apurva Salvi, Regional Director, Global Recruitment, South Asia, University of Arizona. The University of Arizona, a public land grant research university, is also part of the coveted Association of American Universities and the Universities Research Association.

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Other favorites UK, Australia bank on job opportunities, facilities

Representatives from other Anglosphere countries, Australia and the UK are also benefiting from the renewed interest in India after Covid. Down Under, the introduction of the post-graduate right to work for international students at two years has led many Indian students to look to Oceania’s largest country. “The growing economic relationship between India and Australia has certainly marketed us as a primary study destination for Indian students. With students from China dwindling after Covid, India has proved to be a standout country. The Australian Department of Education’s announcement that post-graduate rights to work will be increased from two to four years for selected undergraduate degrees; three years to five years for selected master’s degrees; and four to six years for selected PhDs has also enabled us to explore employability opportunities for Indian students,” said Ritu Kadian, Country Officer (India), University of Melbourne, further stating that the institution is ranked No. 8 on the field of employability.

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The University of Essex of the United Kingdom, one of the country’s original glass universities referring to a group of universities in the UK founded or promoted to university in the 1960s, also appealed to its students in various aspects including restaurants, arcades and movie theaters within the campus. “We have more than 21 academic departments including psychology, acting schools, etc. We provide our students with in-house counseling facilities because they are homesick. We have Marshalls on campus to provide them with the safest environment. Labs are open to everyone 24×7 which is a huge relief when you are working on your own research,” said Priya Gidwani, Recruitment Advisor, University of Essex. Gidwani further suggested that students take advantage of the university’s campus accommodation as they can use most of the services that would otherwise cost them much more as international students. Now that Queen Elizabeth’s passing has brought the UK to a standstill, Gidwani said the university is observing the mourning period with the rest of the country, while also adhering to protocols regarding public holidays.

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Universities with turnkey programs to attract students

Not all universities can claim to be the first institution chartered by an act of the US Congress, which Ohio University in Athens, Ohio can do. “Ohio University is an example of what continues to make the US the most popular study destination for students worldwide. In a long list of such institutions, Ohio University is also among the Tier 1 research institutions in the United States. We offer more than 250 programs, with undecided students also having the option to enroll in the university,” said the Ohio University India representative, adding that the institution has also introduced an honors tutorial program that would help prospective students gives the opportunity to interact with faculty about their program choices.Students taking advantage of the program can also benefit from up to $20,000 in scholarships related to it.”We recently admitted our first Indian student in December 2021, meaning we are on being to a diverse cohort on campus and that low cost of living compared to the rest of the US certainly helps,” the representative added.

With 400-500 students attending the DYPIS Career Fair 2022, Dr. Ajeenkya DY Patil, President, noted that Indian students are increasingly looking to gain global work skills and exposure before embarking on their professional journey. recognised, quality education with national and international institutes under one roof.

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DY Patil International, Worli Career Fair 2022

The IBDP students from DY Patil International School, Worli moderated the panel discussion ‘India as an Emerging Superpower’ marking the presence of Dr. Ajeenkya DY Patil (Chairman, DY Patil Group, Chancellor of Ajeenkya DY Patil University and Pro-Chancellor of Dr. DY Patil University), Dr. Pratibha Jain (Founder, Eduabroad Consulting), Dr. Awanti Golwilkar-Mehendale (Founder, AG Diagnostics Pvt. Ltd.), Mr. Arun Tiwari (Chairman, IndusInd Bank Ltd) and Mr. Sandeep Ghosh (Group Country Manager- India & South Asia, Visa). The panelists talked about how digitization has led to the creation of more jobs and contributed to the boom of the country’s economy, paving the way for it to become an emerging superpower, among other things.

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