Nikhil Tambe served as an invited panelist for the “USA-INDIA Education Collaboration Post COVID Era” session at the 22nd Annual National Conference of Association of Indian College Principals (AICP) held virtually April 8- 9, 2021. The discussion topics centered on how U.S. universities have dealt with the pandemic and on collaborations between U.S. universities and Indian Institutions.
The panelists discussed how universities have navigated the pandemic, while continuing with their teaching and learning missions, the adjustments that were needed along the way to the changing landscape during the pandemic, the impact on education abroad and international student recruitment as well as the plans that are underway for Fall 2021 semester. Speaking on behalf of the India Gateway, Tambe addressed the value that international collaborations provide. Tambe also called attention to experiential learning and knowledge generation, and their significance toward solving global challenges such as climate change, healthcare, and food and water security, issues that are being tackled by both India and the United States.
The three other panelists included Daniel Nestor, director of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University’s Executive Education training and research programs with the Government of India, Dhiraj Mehra, Director for Initiatives in India, Mumbai Global Center, Notre Dame International, University of Notre Dame and Nathan Myers, associate provost for international initiatives at Youngstown State University. The session was moderated by Ryan Pereira, regional officer, United States – India Educational Foundation (USIEF).
The Association of Indian College Principals [AICP] was established in 1998 to develop a strong, confident and innovative leadership in Indian Education scenario. The central theme of the conference was "Higher Education in Post COVID Era." With the deployment of the New Education Policy in India and the emphasis it lays on internationalization, the focus of the USIEF moderated session was specifically to provide insights to the College Principals that would help build awareness and to act as a means for enhancing their network with higher education institutions in the U.S.