Make the right choice

first_imgChoosing a college can be hard especially if you plan to study in an international university after Class 12. While the US and UK remain top options for most students, other destinations such as Australia, Canada, Singapore and Switzerland are also in demand. What are the things to keep in,Choosing a college can be hard especially if you plan to study in an international university after Class 12. While the US and UK remain top options for most students, other destinations such as Australia, Canada, Singapore and Switzerland are also in demand. What are the things to keep in mind before you shortlist a university? Since you will probably be spending at least three to four years as an undergraduate here, it is essential that you base your decision on an institute that fits your needs. Here are a few factors to take into account before making the final choice.RANKING Ranking is usually the most important element to go by during the decision-making process. It is vital as the overall ranking of your institution comes into play when applying for jobs or to a postgraduate programme in future. However, instead of focussing primarily on the brand value of the university, you should also focus on the ranking of your chosen programme within the university as programme rankings will differ from the institution ranking.CURRICULUM Each university has a programme curriculum with a focus on research and innovation and this is often tweaked to make it more job friendly. Although you might have decided what course you want to study and apply for, looking for what you want to learn from each of the subjects taught is crucial as well. For example, some universities may offer co-op opportunities or cover a more theoretical syllabus while you may be seeking a more practical learning experience.advertisementEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS Another factor to take into consideration is the university’s graduate employability figures. The data will help give you a clear idea about the importance of the programme you want to take up vis-a-vis the job market in the long-term and will also give you an idea about the university’s brand value. But when considering these, remember that the employment statistics are generally a reflection of the whole university rather than your specific programme.RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES If your desired programme of study is one that would benefit from some applied learning, you may want to look at a university that provides students with sufficient research opportunities. Taking this factor into account, the distinction between a public and private institute may call for some attention. Although there is not much difference between the two when it comes to academic quality, a public university would have better resources devoted to research as they receive greater funding from the government.CAMPUS LIFE While making your decision, academics and placement prospects are not the only factors that require deliberation. The atmosphere of a university which includes the campus life, student activities, residential facilities and location of the university are equally important. Going to a place and country where you feel like you will fit in is essential. Being an international student, your university will have to function as your home away from home. So, take the time to look at the clubs and sports at the university, the residence life as well as whether it is located in a large city or a small town.INTERNATIONAL STUDENT COMMUNITIESGoing to a university abroad can be quite daunting. Having someone by your side while you try to adjust will help you feel comfortable and confident. When looking at universities, be sure to find out about any support given to international students such as a mentor, as you will probably require that when homesickness sets in.(Inputs by Aditya Chaudary, Founder and Director, Backbenchers, Education consultants, Gurgaon)New on the block NPTEL collaborates with IBM to offer Blockchain course National programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) and tech company, IBM, have joined hands to offer a 12-week online course on blockchain architecture, design and use cases. The first-of-its-kind blockchain course in India will be available on the NPTEL website starting July and will focus on sharing both conceptual and application skill aspects of blockchain technology with students. They would be trained in key blockchain topics such as crypto primitives, consensus, permissioned blockchain and used cases as well as research aspects. NPTEL is offering 270 courses in the July-Oct 2018 semester.O P Jindal Global University awarded second highest QS rating QS I-Gauge, specialising in higher education rating in India, has awarded the diamond rating-the second highest rating in the QS ranking system to O P Jindal Global University (JGU), Sonepat. The varsity has also been awarded a diamond rating in six areas such as teaching and learning, employability, facilities, social responsibility, accreditation and entrepreneurship. Conferred with a diamond rating and a rank in the 251-300 band in the QS BRICS University Ranking, JGU becomes the youngest university in India to receive both.advertisementWUD collaborates with Adobe The World University of Design (WUD), Sonepat, has collaborated with Adobe to launch the Adobe Digital Technology Academy at its campus. The academy will impart new age digital creativity skills such as artificial intelligence, design thinking, machine learning and big data to the students at WUD in order to enhance employability prospects as per industry needs. The programme is designed by Adobe in consultation with industry leaders and will focus on practical training in a live-environment leading to jobs or entrepreneurship.Indian School of Hospitality introduces virtual reality In collaboration with US-based virtual reality developers, TRANSFRVRTM, Indian School of Hospitality (ISH),Gurgaon recently hosted the first-ever virtual reality hospitality learning and development workshop at their campus. ISH is all set to redefine hospitality education by introducing virtual reality technology in its learning methodology and make students industry-ready. The first academic session will begin from August.Havells India partners with ICA Edu Skills for vocational training Havells India has partnered with leading training and skill development provider, ICA Edu Skills for providing industry-ready courses to students. The industry-aligned vocational training programme in the electrical and electronics space offered under this partnership will help the nderprivileged in finding jobs in the manufacturing and allied sectors. About 30 training centres will be opened where aspirants aged between 18 and 35 will be trained without any fee.Microsoft partners with Department of College Education, Government of Rajasthan Microsoft India has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Department of College Education, Government of Rajasthan, aiming to build tech capacity and enhance digital literacy among students and faculty in colleges as well as improve digital citizenship in the state. Microsoft will train faculty members from government colleges through the Microsoft Innovative Educator Programme. On completion of the curriculum on the online platform, Microsoft will give students a Digital Literacy Certificate. The content will be provided to government colleges in both online and offline modes, free of cost.NIIT launches new age programmes NIIT Limited, a global leader in skill and talent development, has launched a series of programmes to help undergraduate and postgrduate students build a challenging career in digital conomy. The programmes include an advanced programme in digital marketing and branding, advanced programme in data analytics and predictive modelling, advanced programme in full stack software engineering, advanced programme in banking and finance and advanced programme in accounting and business analytics. The aim behind this initiative is to train 60,000 aspirants over the next two years in new age career programmes.(Compiled by Tamanna Bhasin)last_img

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