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Global citizenship through internationalization of higher education: Prof. Martin

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Bengalur: Manipal Academy of Higher Education, was privileged to host Prof. Iain Martin, Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University, for the Vice-Chancellor Oration, 2023. During his visit, Prof. Martin gave a compelling speech on “Impacting Global Citizenship through Internationalization of Higher Education” and discussed the importance of collaboration and knowledge exchange in the global higher education space.

MAHE Manipal and Deakin University have enjoyed a strong partnership for over two decades, with collaborations ranging from student pathway programs to research partnerships and faculty and student exchange programs. This year, MAHE is celebrating the “Year of Internationalization” to encourage students to embrace their roles as global citizens and promote global networking.

Speaking about the significance of global citizenship, Prof. Martin said, “We live in an increasingly interconnected world, and it is more important than ever for universities to prepare students to become global citizens. At Deakin University, we believe in the power of internationalization to equip students with the skills they need to succeed in a rapidly changing global workforce.”

Lt Gen (Dr.) M.D. Venkatesh, Vice Chancellor, MAHE, said, “Our collaboration with Deakin University has spanned over two decades, and during this time, we have achieved significant milestones together. The ongoing partnership between our institutions has been built on a shared vision of providing our students with a global outlook, and we are proud to celebrate the ‘Year of Internationalization’ in partnership with Deakin. We are grateful to Prof. Martin for his visit and for sharing his insights on the crucial role of internationalization in shaping global citizens. We look forward to working together to continue to drive meaningful change in the global higher education landscape.”

Prof. Martin applauded MAHE’s efforts in promoting the internationalisation of higher education in India and pledged to strengthen the partnership between the two universities in the quest for promoting global citizenship. The visit was a pivotal moment in the ongoing collaboration between the two institutions, with both universities demonstrating a shared commitment to driving meaningful change in the global higher education landscape.

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