New Delhi (India), October 3: In today’s globalised world, pursuing higher education abroad has become increasingly popular among students seeking academic excellence and a broader perspective on life. Foreign education has become a priority, significantly increasing in individuals pursuing higher education abroad. “We are witnessing a huge number of students moving abroad to study. It isn’t just about acquiring knowledge; it’s about gaining a deeper understanding of the world around us,” says Vineet Gupta Jamboree Education Founder and an established expert in international education. He underscores that foreign education is not just about books and lectures but about embracing a whole new world of cultural diversity and fresh experiences.
Global Education Aspiration
The ambition of students to pursue higher education abroad is driven by the desire to acquire world-class education, essential skills for lucrative global careers, rapid career advancement, and a broad outlook. A report from Redseer Strategy Consultants in Bengaluru projected that the count of Indian students opting for international study programs will reach 1.8 million by the year 2024. Government data presented in Parliament revealed a substantial 68 per cent surge in the number of Indian students heading abroad for higher education in the past year, with 750,365 students in 2022 compared to 444,553 in 2021.
Jamboree Education alumni Nikhil joined Georgia Tech in the US to pursue Computer Science. He shared three compelling reasons for pursuing higher studies there: the opportunity to learn from esteemed institutions, exposure to industry expertise, and the chance to be mentored by the best in the field. He said, “Along with academics, there are many opportunities to explore, such as organisations, clubs, and co-curriculars. I am involved in two clubs: artificial intelligence development and video game creation, and there’s so much to do and learn here.”
One of the most significant ways foreign education broadens the perspective is through cultural immersion. When you study in a foreign country, you are not just a visitor; you become part of the local community. You learn to adapt to different customs, traditions, and languages. This firsthand experience fosters tolerance, empathy, and a profound respect for cultural diversity. These experiences can break down stereotypes and build bridges between people from various walks of life. This journey and experience present chances for individual development, scholastic achievement, and the opportunity to fully embrace multiple cultures.
Global Networking and Citizenship
Studying abroad provides a unique opportunity to build a global network. You interact with students and experts worldwide, creating connections that can last a lifetime. These connections enrich your personal life and open doors to future career opportunities.
“Your network is your net worth,” says Vineet Gupta, MD of Jamboree Education, underlining the importance of global networking. He adds, “The friendships and professional relationships you cultivate during your foreign education can lead to collaborations, job offers, and a better understanding of the global job market.”
Foreign education instils a sense of global citizenship as you become aware of global issues and equipped to contribute to positive change. Exposure to different political, social, and economic systems fosters a more informed and empathetic perspective on international affairs.
Distinguished Indian universities have established Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with foreign counterparts to enhance global exposure and foster global citizenship. Notably, IIT Kanpur recently entered into an MoU with the University of California, Santa Cruz, creating opportunities such as symposiums, exchange programs, and collaborative publications for students and faculty. Shiv Nadar University has established numerous partnerships with foreign universities like Babson College (USA), Mondragon University (Spain), and the National Yunlin University of Science and Technology (Taiwan). Ashoka University has forged collaborations with institutions such as the University of Aizu, the University of British Columbia, the University of Cambridge, and Yale University, facilitating expansive horizons for students in various fields.
Adaptability and Independence
Living in a foreign country forces you to leave your comfort zone. You become more adaptable and independent as you navigate various challenges, such as finding accommodation, managing finances, and coping with homesickness. These experiences make you a stronger individual and teach you to approach problems with a more open and flexible mindset. Adaptability is a critical life skill, and foreign education offers a unique development environment.
Sparsh, a Computer Science Engineering student at Pennsylvania State University for the past two years, describes his journey in the US as an adventure. He said, “From initially not knowing cooking to discovering that capsicum in India is referred to as green pepper in the US, to learning effective time management independently, and to various such learnings, I have gained a new perspective on life’s education and now better prepared to tackle various challenges.”
Global Perspective on Education
Foreign education exposes you to different teaching methods and academic systems. It broadens your horizons by offering diverse perspectives on various subjects. This exposure can catalyse innovation and critical thinking as you learn to appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of different educational approaches.
Beyond academics, foreign education promotes personal growth. Becoming more open to new ideas, experiences, and challenges can make you well-rounded. Living with people from different backgrounds challenges preconceived notions and fosters a genuine appreciation for cultural differences. Anvi, a Jamboree Education student from Indore who is currently doing her undergraduate in the University of Pennsylvania, stated, “Being in a new cultural environment has boosted my self-confidence and significantly improved my speaking and communication abilities as I have had to engage with people from various cultures. I have also discovered new academic interests as I could opt for multiple subjects and joined activity clubs, including drumming and photography.”
Obama once said, “Simple exchanges can break walls between us, for when people come together and speak to one another and share a common experience, then their common humanity is revealed.”
Foreign education is not just a ticket to a degree but a transformative journey that shapes you as an individual and a global citizen. As Vineet Gupta highlights, “It widens your perspective by immersing you in diverse cultures and situations which will transform you into determined and passionate individuals. If you’re contemplating studying abroad, remember that it’s not just an education; it’s an experience that will change your life in ways you never imagined.”
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