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‘Indian students should consider studying in China’

Language will not be a barrier for technology courses, says Rajpal Hande, director, board of college and university development, University of Mumbai, which signed MoUs with three Chinese varsities last week

education Updated: Nov 30, 2011 10:38 IST
Pooja Biraia
Pooja Biraia
Hindustan Times

What is the significance of the tie-up between University of Mumbai and the three Chinese universities?
The three universities we have tied up with (Tianjin University, Tianjin University of Technology and Nankai University) are among the top five universities in China, well known for engineering and technology-related programmes. We hope to facilitate faculty and student exchange, collaboration in research, and an exchange of language teachers, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Does this mean that Mandarin will be taught as a degree programme in Mumbai University?
Not as of now. However, the language will be taught as a part of vocational studies programmes, which we plan to introduce in the Centre for Confucian Studies in Mumbai. This centre will promote cultural exchange between the two countries.

Do you think Indian students should consider China for higher education?
Definitely. Indian students are only looking at developed countries for higher education. However, this mindset must change. China offers excellent facilities and its education system is on par with that of developed countries. This is because many of its technology courses are conducted in English. The universities with which we have signed MoUs have faculties of international repute and superior research facilities. Moreover, Chinese universities focus more on practical learning than on theory.

What are the main differences between the University of Mumbai and Chinese universities?
Our universities cater to different socio-economic groups, while the Chinese system is more exclusive. Chinese universities are far superior in terms of facilities and infrastructure.

How does the University of Mumbai plan to attract international students?
Until last year, we did not have many foreign students. However, this year we have about 60 to 65 international students, most of whom are from South Asia.

How many Chinese students are there in India?
About 2,000, according to the Consulate General of China.

Does the University of Mumbai plan to sign MoUs with other countries?
We have signed an MoU with Edith Cowan University from Australia with a view to promote faculty and student exchange and joint projects where internships could be split between India and Australia.

First Published: Nov 29, 2011 14:21 IST