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Internationalization in higher education is one of the unique way to respond to globalization. It remains one of the important agenda in higher education. Internationalization in higher education is not a goal or target to achieve but is a way to enhance the quality of education. The objectives for Internationalization are as follows:

  1. Research being the core of higher education promoting more research in related fields
  2. Creation of new Knowledge, its application.
  3. Socio-cultural equality.
  4. Providing opportunity for global recruitment.

SCIT is also actively involved in collaborations with international universities and corporations. Over the past seven years, SCIT has initiated several international exchange programmes and industry partnerships. We are associated with Ritsumeikan University and Fujitsu Corp to equip the students with research/industry internship opportunities in Japan. Not only students but also Teaching fraternity in SCIT are facilitated for global exposure by way of teaching, joint teaching and research. Apart from collaboration with various universities aboard we also have academician of different universities coming and sharing their knowledge, experience and pedagogy. Senior Professors from SCIT also involved in training in corporate as well as international universities.

Academic Activities with various universities

Fellowship for International Visitor Leadership Programme(IVLP)

Dr.Dhanya Pramod, Dean-Faculty of Computer Studies & Director-SCIT, has been selected and participated in the flagship exchange program International Visitor Leadership Programme(IVLP), organized and sponsored by the United States Dept. of State. The theme for this three-week program ( 2nd Dec-21st Dec 2023) was "Excellence in Higher Education STEM in the QUAD". Participants from India, Australia, and Japan were invited to this IVLP, and the team traveled across multiple cities in the US to discuss, understand, and exchange ideas on STEM education excellence.

The highlights of the visit are as follows
  • The focus was more on the STEM education rollout in the US. How STEM education is promoted at school levels through skill development.
  • Initiatives of universities and state departments in encouraging STEM
  • Makerspaces in universities to encourage innovation and learning by doing
  • Roll of Science and Technology Museums
  • Visit some prominent universities' maker spaces
  • Interaction with university professors/leaders on graduate and undergraduate education.

DAAD Funded Visit to German Universities by SCIT Professors December 08-18, 2022

Dr S. Vijayakumar Bharathi and Dr Mandaar B. Pande, professors at the Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology (SCIT), travelled to Germany on a DAAD-funded trip from 9th Dec 2022 to 18th Dec 2022. They were invited to the University of Applied Sciences Mainz, Pforzheim University and Ludwigshafen University of Business and Society.

They had detailed meetings for collaborations in research and conducting joint courses with Prof. Dr Anett Mehler-Bicher, Prof. Dr Bernhard Ostheimer of UAS Mainz, Dr Joern Redler, Dean of HS Mainz; Prof. Dr Thomas Cleff, Dean of the Business School, Prof. Frank Morelli, Prof. Rebecca Bulander at Pforzheim University; and with Prof. Dr Gunther Piller, President of Ludwigshafen University of Business and Society along with his colleagues Prof. Dr Frank Thome and Prof. Dr Carsten Dorrhauer.

Dr Bharathi and Dr Pande, Dr Anett and Dr Osthemier discussed the possibility of offering a joint post-graduate programme between SCIT and UAS Mainz on Data Science and Data Analytics. Dr Bharathi and Dr Pande also conducted guest sessions on Design Thinking, Digital Transformation and conducted a mentorship session for Master’s students of UAS Mainz. The students of SCIT and UAS Mainz jointly work on a Design Science and Design Thinking project. The students of SCIT also collaborate with their counterparts from Pforzheim University on an International Process Mining Capstone Project enabled by Celonis, Germany, a global leader in execution management systems. The professors from SCIT, UAS Mainz and Pforzheim University are mentors of the projects.

In order to promote international co-operation and to foster mutual interests in the fields of higher education and research, Faculty of Computer Studies (FoCS), Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology (SCIT) in academic collaboration with Universities organize activities as and when appropriate.

A joint three-day Design Thinking Workshop was conducted with Indiana University Purdue University (IUPUI) faculties, students and SCIT students. It was active and enthusiastic participation of faculties from IUPUI, Prof. Rob Elliott and Dr. Guo Xiaonan, along with IUPUI students and SCIT students in the workshop. Our Faculty/Trainers Dr. Mandaar Pande and Dr. S. Vijayakumar Bharathi used participative learning approach through Design thinking.

An MOU with Mainz University, Germany was signed to collaborate for the research and teaching avenues between SCIT & UAS, Mainz.

A joint teaching/Lecture program by SCIT data science faculties Dr. Anil Jadhav and Dr. Ajey Kumar conducted online class for students in Mainz. Professors from Mainz also conducted sessions for SCIT students.

A Customer Analytics Workshop/Hackathon for our MBA-DSDA students in collaboration with Mr. Marcos Ramírez Amoretti, Senior Associate Director, Admissions, IE Business School, Madrid Spain, and Ms. Namita Thitta, Assistant Managing Director IE India & South Asia .

We also had privilege of Dr. Jane Knight, Adjunct Professor, Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada visiting SCIT. She interacted with the faculty of SCIT and had a discussion on ‘Internationalization in Higher Education: Opportunities and Barriers'.

Joint Orientation meetings are organized at regular intervals for Design Science Research/Design Thinking student-collaboration program.

A joint two-day Design Thinking workshop was conducted in the month of March 2021 for SCIT MBA-DSDA & UAS Mainz students.

A session on Cloud Computing was conducted on 24th September 2020. This session was filled with several examples which synthesized the concepts of cloud computing from a business, technology, management, economic and political standpoints.

Student Exchange - Ritsumeikan University

From the batch.2017-19, three students, Divya Nadar, Saikat Ghosh and Soumya V Ganesh, did their Summer Internship at Ritsumeikan University, Japan. The three of them worked on individual research projects, mentored and guided by their respective professors at Ritsumeikan from April 2018 to June 2018. Divya Nadar worked under Prof. Atsushi Ohnishi, as a part of the Software Engineering lab. Her research topic was "Analysis of Scenario using Controlled Language". Saikat Ghosh worked on 'Multi-Level Prediction of Type-2 Diabetes Using Stacked Generalization Ensemble Technique'. Prof. Hideyuki Takada mentored him on his research. Under the guidance of Prof. Hiromitsu Shimakawa, Soumya V Ganesh worked on 'User Perceptions on Data Privacy and Security - A case study on Aadhaar', in the Data Engineering lab at Ritsumeikan. The students got an opportunity to visit the Panasonic office at Kyoto and Yanmar Musuem at Shiga, as part of an industry visit. The students also got the privilege of presenting their research topics to the senior officials at Panasonic.

International Industry Internship - Fujitsu Corp

Three students were part of the industry internship at the Fujitsu Corp in Japan. During the 2-month internship, the students worked in 3 different domains. Priyanshu Upadhyay from MBA-DSDA worked in the domain of Environmental and Science System, Singh Shruti Shyamashanker in worked for Distribution Systems, and Bithal Kumar Agrawal in Security Service Department.

A team from Fujitsu, Japan visited SCIT on 12th December 2017 for formal interaction with students visiting Japan. They discussed about Fujitsu products and series related to Infrastructure Management Services, System Integration Services and Cloud Services. On 19th January 2018, when Fujitsu Japan team visited again, the agenda of the meeting included discussions on the future of IT in Japan and presentations from SCIT students on IoT and AI from an Indian standpoint.

Niraj Desai, from the 2016-18 batch of SCIT, received a PPO and joined Fujitsu in June 2018.