DU is looking to open overseas campuses in the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Mauritius. In a statement, the acting vice-chancellor Prof. P.C. Joshi told ‘the Print’ –
“We want to expand the scope of education across the world. The revised NEP has given a golden opportunity to universities, and we want to make the most of it. We are looking to expand our campus and some of the places under consideration are Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Singapore and Mauritius.”
He further added- “We have a strong alumni network based in the south Asian sub-continent, and we wish to channelise all our resources to develop a strong international presence.”
He also mentioned how despite the pandemic, DU saw an increase in the number of international students. In 2020, DU received applications from students from about 80 countries. “I know the pandemic and the resulting shutdown created a lot of problems for educational institutes, but DU saw applications from students across 80 countries.”
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In early January 2021, the University Grants Commission allowed the ‘Institutions of Eminence’ (IoE) to establish overseas campuses in different countries. The move was an attempt to achieve the New Education Policy’s stated intent of “internationalisation of education”. However, as per UGC guidelines, an IoE can start a maximum of three off-campus centres in five years, but not more than 1 campus per academic year.
In 2020, DU started 9 new departments including the ones on climate change and public health. It also improved its hostel facilities all in an attempt to fit the criteria to be recognized as an IoE. DU is now recognized as one of the many ‘Institutions of Eminence’ in India. Now, DU is set to make the most out of the new education policy by setting up overseas campuses.
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