Mobility of people has always transformed societies and that transformation has had far reaching implications when it is led by the knowledge seekers. With the systematization of learning methods in the university systems, these movements needed institutional and systemic support for them to be beneficial to the students in question. This need has driven Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the world towards a discussion on harmonization of the higher education system recognizing the need for mutual recognition of otherwise disparate systems. European Union has made considerable progress in this harmonization process through Bologna Process and establishment of European Higher Education Area (EHEA).
In recent years, Indian HEIs are also encouraging mobility of students and staff and are trying to catch up with the global developments in both harmonization and internationalization. However, considering the vastness and diversity involved in India, it is still at a nascent stage and is grappling with questions of harmonization. It is time Indian HEIs come together and make consorted efforts in bringing policy changes that make education systems across states and universities comparable thus facilitating mobilities not only outside India but also within India for students and staff.
Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) proposes to host leaders of some of the HEIs in India and engage in a conversation with experts in the field from Europe thus enabling a policy dialogue on harmonization and internationalization of higher education. A three-day Higher Education Meet is planned in this regard from July 12-14, 2018 with a workshop on Day one, a conference on Day two culminating in a Vice Chancellors’ Conclave on Day three.