Collaborations

“A step forward in the internationalization of Higher
Education Institutions in Nepal and India”
(InterNepInd)

Introduction

Sarvajanik College of Engineering & Technology and other higher education institutions form Nepal, India and Europe have partnered together in an international project called “A step forward in the Internationalization of Higher Education Institutions in Nepal and India” (InterNepInd). The project is co-funded by Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. Erasmus+ is the European Union Program in the field of Education, Training, Youth and Sport for the period 2014-2020. Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Spain is the project coordinator. The project shall run for 24 months, starting from November 15, 2019 to November 14, 2021.

Project Partners

Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, (UPCT, Spain)
University of Aveiro (UA, Portugal)
Sagarmatha Engineering College (SEC, Nepal)
Nepal Engineering College (nec, Nepal)
Sarvajanik College of Engineering & Technology (SCET, India).
Nalla Malla Reddy Engineering College (NMREC, India).
Vivekanand Education Society Institute of Management (VESIM, India).
Shantaben Manubhai Patel School of Studies and Research in Architecture and Interior Design (SMAID, India)
Sarvajanik College of Engineering & Technology (IPSA, India)

Objective

To support the internationalization process of higher education institutions (HEIs) in India and Nepal promoting a comprehensive process based on strategy design, capacity building, development of structures and networking.

Specific Objectives

  • To collect best practices in internationalization of higher education in India and Nepal in order to serve as a basis for the internationalization processes of partner HEIs
  • To design internationalization strategies for Indian and Nepalese partners
  • To train and develop the capacityof the appointed staff for the successful implementation and management of the internationalization strategy
  • To establish an International Office in each of the partner country HEI to support the implementation of the internationalization strategy
  • To build an international network and, to promote regional and international cooperation

Opportunities to Partner Institutions

Mobility:

Short and long-term mobility at regional and international level, Virtual mobility through online learning.

Projects:

International research projects and institutional projects between InterNepInd partners and our international network.

Institutional Joint Initiatives:

Double Degrees, Joint PhDs, Joint academic activities including e-learning, Virtual Open Dialogues, Collaborative Projects and Internationalization at Home.

Project Work Packages and Activities:

Work Package Month Objectives Task Tasks Descriptions/Activities
WP1 (Preparation) M1 to M6 Learning from best practices in internationalization of HEIs in Nepal and India T1.1 Analysis of best practices in internationalization of HEIs in India & Nepal
T1.2 Presentation results survey + workshop “challenges of internationalization for Indian and Nepalese HEIs
WP2 (Development) M5 to M12 Building a strategy for internationalization T2.1 Participation of all the partners in UPCT International Staff Training Week
T2.2 Workshop: developing internationalization strategies
T2.3 Development of internationalization strategies and approval at institutional level
T2.4 Launch of the strategies at each Indian and Nepalese HEI
WP3 (Development) M13 to M21 Capacity building for internationalization of HEIs in Nepal and India T3.1 Contents preparation for traineeship of selected staff from Indian and Nepalese HEIs
T3.2 Traineeships of selected staff in UPCT and UAvr
T3.3 Creation of International Offices
T3.4 Practical training on site
WP4 (Quality Plan) M1 to M24 Quality assurance, planning and implementation External quality evaluation by the International Project Management Office of Universidad de Alicante.
Protocols definition to guarantee quality on project management by the Steering Group.
WP5 (Dissemination and Exploitation) M1 to M24 WP6 (Management) Preparation and implementation of dissemination strategy, dissemination activities and dissemination materials
WP6 (Management) M1 to M24 Project activities management Technical Management
Financial Management
Communication management

Expected Outputs/Results:

Work Package Task Result No. Expected Results/Outputs
WP1 (Preparation) T1.1 R1.1.1 To gain knowledge about best practices for internationalization of HEIs in India and Nepal that help InterNepInd partners to prepare their own internationalization strategies.
R1.1.2 To expand the network of contacts with the HEIs from India and Nepal participating in the survey.
R1.1.3 To raise awareness of InterNepInd project at national level (in India and in Nepal) from the beginning of the project.
R1.1.4 To prepare a report describing the best practices compiled at country level and the general conclusions of the survey.
T1.2 R1.2.1 To raise awareness of InterNepInd consortium about the state of the art of internationalization of Indian and Nepalese HEIs and good practices.
R1.2.2 To analyze main challenges and opportunities for internationalization of participating HEIs from India and Nepal.
R1.2.3 To share main results of the event with the wide public.
WP2 (Development) T2.1 R2.1.1 To gain knowledge about internationalization processes of European partners.
R2.1.2 To gain knowledge about tools for internationalization.
R2.1.3 To expand the European network of contacts for future collaborations.
T2.2 R2.2.1 To develop a deep analysis of each institution in terms of internationalization: challenges, limits, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats, and of ways to overcome the difficulties they find.
R2.2.2 To draft internationalization strategies by each Indian and Nepalese partner and presented to the Consortium.
T2.3 R2.3.1 Indian and Nepalese partners from InterNepInd consortium have an internationalization strategy with inputs of all the target groups affected by the strategy.
R2.3.2 The strategy is approved by the pertinent governing body and ready to be implemented.
R2.3.3 All the relevant target groups are aware of the existence of the strategy.
R2.3.4 The staff in charge of implementing the strategy is appointed.
T2.4 R2.4.1 To share information about the internationalization measures that will be taken with the potential beneficiaries.
R2.4.2 To present to the university community the international relations officers.
R2.4.3 To raise awareness about the positive consequences of internationalization for the institution, for students, teachers/researchers, administrative and technical staff and about how internationalization can improve the quality of higher education.
WP3 (Development) T3.1 R3.1.1 To negotiate and agree by all the consortium members the contents of the traineeship and the workplan.
T3.2 R3.2.1 To gain practical knowledge about the internationalization activity of two European universities.
R3.2.2 To gain knowledge about the different ways to promote internationalization (international mobility of students and staff, international projects, join degrees, others).
R3.2.3 To orient the training into practice, with the preparation of the work plan.
T3.3 R3.3.1 All the required equipment is on the space selected for the International Office and it is operational.
R3.3.2 The international officer can perform his/her job without difficulties at the level of equipment.
T3.4 R3.4.1 The International Office is operative and its staff is managing and promoting international relations.
R3.4.2 Students, administrative staff and teachers/researchers start attending the International Office to obtain information about possibilities to participate in an international initiative.
R3.4.3 The international relations officer promotes the implementation of the internationalization strategy with support and strategic guidance of the managers.
R3.4.4 Thanks to the work of the officer, teachers/researchers, administrative staff and students are aware of the implications of the strategy for their target groups.
WP4 (Quality Plan) T4.1 R4.1.1 To implement the project according to pre-defined quality standards.
R4.1.2 Prepared a new project proposal based on InterNepInd results, to scale it up.
R4.1.3 The project actions persist on time: international offices and their staff increase their activity year by year after InterNepInd project and the Indian and Nepalese universities progress on their internationalization processes.
T4.2 R4.2.1 The quality of the project is improved thanks to the guidance of a very experienced institution as Universidad de Alicante.
R4.2.2 InterNepInd consortium gains knowledge about quality on project management and implementation that will be capitalized in the preparation of a new project proposal before the end of InterNepInd project.
WP5 (Dissemination and Exploitation) T5.1 R5.1.1 The dissemination plan is effective and it serves to disseminate project results at different scales (local, regional, national, international) and to the target groups (students, teachers/researchers, administrative staff, managers, local/regional/national authorities) and the wider public using a combination of activities and supports: social media, participation in EAIE annual conference and exhibit 2020, others).
R5.1.2 The publication (booklet) about the project experience and the best practices in internationalization of Indian and Nepalese HEIs compiled by the project can help other HEIs in India, Nepal or other parts of the world in the promotion of their internationalization process.
T5.2 R5.2.1 The exploitation plan prepared is useful for project partners to keep on exploiting project results and it facilitates exploitation of the results by other HEIs interested in internationalization.
WP6 (Management) T6.1 R6.1.1 All the requirements of the call in terms of documents and reporting are fulfilled with the European Commission: signature of grant agreement, partnership agreement, interim report, final report.
T6.2 R6.2.1 The project is correctly managed at technical level.
T6.3 R6.3.1 The project is correctly managed at financial level.
T6.4 R6.4.1 Communication management of the project is correctly managed using a combination of Skype meetings with face to face meetings.

InterNepInd Team @ IPSA:

Prof. Persi Engineer
Prof. Hiren Patel
Mr. C. S. Jariwala
Prof. Vahhbiz Engineer
Prof. Niraj Naik
Prof. Hardik Gandhi
Ms. Hetal Shah
Prof. Mahesh Trivedi
Prof. Pratiksinh Vaghela

InterNepInd Website:

https://internepind-eplus.eu