Since inception, VIT has nurtured the vision to evolve as an institution with international character. Internationalization started with the admission of foreign students followed by the signing of international MoUs. A full-fledged International Relations Office has been established to help in the internationalization efforts.
The IR team comprises a Director, Three Assistant Directors, an International Relations Officer, an International Studentsâ€™ Counsellor and a secretariat. The office facilitates the initiation and follow-up of international cooperation aimed at faculty & student exchange, joint R&D and Joint Programmes. It also takes care of the international students enrolled in the University in addition to international guest care.
DIES Project on Internationalization of Higher Education Institutions
VIT is jointly working on a DIES (Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies) project on Internationalization of Higher Education institutions with Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany. DIES is a project supported by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and aims at encouraging the sharing of experience on issues of internationalization of higher education. The project encourages a German higher education institution to intensify its existing contacts with foreign universities and extend the cooperation in the field of higher education management, especially with universities in transition in developed countries.
The proposal for the project was jointly submitted by Leibniz UniversitÃ¤t Hannover (LUH), Germany and VIT University (VIT) in 2008 to improve the services and processes of the international office. The project which was initially conceived in two phases is now at the end of the second phase. In the first phase, Leibniz University shared its experiences and expertise in the field of internationalization with VIT through workshops and training programmes. In the second phase VIT is engaged in transferring its learning and experiences to two other Indian institutions, University of Madras and Symbiosis University, Pune.
The first phase was inaugurated by Dr.A.K.Sood, Advisor, International Cooperation, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India on 16 July 2008 in the presence of DAAD representatives. During this phase, four workshops and four training programmes were conducted. Internships were also organized at LUH for the staff of International Relations Office of VIT. The month long internships for each staff provided first hand experience on the functioning of international offices in German institutions. A review of the results of phase I revealed that about 70% of the desired goals were achieved.
The second phase of the DIES Project was inaugurated by Mrs. Christiane Cranshaw, Consul, German Consulate, Chennai, at VIT University on 20 March 2010 in the presence of Dr. Stefan Baltzer from DAAD Chennai who highlighted the importance of the DIES project. VIT, with the guidance and support of LUH, conducted workshops for the Indian partners. Training programmes were also organized as part of the second phase.
Proposal has been submitted to DAAD for the third phase which envisages the participation of LUH, VIT and the two other Indian Partners in sharing their experiences with ten other Indian Higher Education institutions. This is done with a view to creating a multiplier effect to propagate the experiences of the institutions to other Universities.
Chinese Language Center
The Chinese Language Centre at VIT University which was set up on 06 April, 2009 provides high quality, personalized language learning opportunities and student Gallery in a dynamic and supportive environment which enables them to learning Chinese culture and achieve their individual academic goals.