A webinar on MERGE – Improving Internationalization practices in Higher Education was held on 16th December 2020. Nearly 70 participants registered all over Tamil Nadu. Prof. G. Nagarajan, Director, Centre for International Relations, Anna University was the speaker of the webinar. The online event agenda included internationalization where academicians and students from Tamil Nadu reported on typical issues and challenges encountered and the solutions applied by the colleges/universities. The virtual event was facilitated via Google meet and live-streamed.
Prof. G. Nagarajan briefed about the existing cooperation between Anna University and foreign institutions, as well as to help start new programmes of cooperation between Anna University and foreign institutions, especially in the faculty/students exchange programmes, Joint research etc., which will enrich both students and academics. Prof. G. Nagarajan interacted with students and explained the opportunity of higher studies in foreign countries and internship/exchange programme as well. He briefed about the Double Masters degree as a highly recognized excellence programme run under an official agreement signed in 2011 between Anna University and Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France.
Further, he explained the Collaborative Academic Agreement (3 + 1 + 1 programme) which is going to be signed shortly with the University of North Texas, USA. Besides, he also explained the possible collaboration of projects with foreign universities.
The programme proved to be informative to the target audience in higher education opportunities. The lecture was followed by an interactive session with the students and staff who attended the webinar.