"This is one day in the calendar of the University the international students look forward to. The OIAC meticulously works out a good blend of programmes which evince a lot of interest."
August 14, 2019
Office of International Affairs and Collaborations (OIAC), MAHE organized a potpourri of events to celebrate the International Students’ Day named “Kairos”, on August 9, 2019, first at Marena, the Indoor sports complex, and later in the day at the Dr TMA Pai auditorium here. OIAC is the University’s comprehensive resource for study abroad, research abroad, internship abroad, and other educational experiences worldwide. By promoting intercultural competence, meticulous erudition and acquisition of foreign languages, OIAC provides opportunities for international experience.
It also administers student exchange programmes with partner institutions around the globe. MAHE has close to 300+ international linkages and facilitates over 1000+ mobilities with universities across the globe.
This is one day in the calendar of the University the international students look forward to. The OIAC meticulously works out a good blend of programmes which evince a lot of interest. And, the students look forward to the celebrations enthusiastically to let their hair down. A fascinating mix of cultures from different lands and traditions make MAHE truly international. All that was on display during the programmes. At Marena the mood was that of a carnival. Dr Raghu Radhakrishnan Director International Collaborations inaugurated it. Bingo, World Cafe and Jive made it lively. The students of some of the countries put up stalls to showcasing something interesting from back home.
The programme at the Dr TMA Pai auditorium began with the procession of the students from 58 countries. Each of them carried a flag of their home nation and pinned them on to the world map, symbolic of international presence in Manipal.
Pro Chancellor Dr. HS Ballal and Vice Chancellor, Dr. H Vinod Bhat congratulated the students. Dr Raghu also made a presentation of all the international exchanges and Internships hosted at Manipal. "Sharing the Spotlight with the Vice Chancellor" was a question answer session with Dr Bhat. MS Shantala Pai hosted the programme and four students asked questions on internationalization and Manipal's journey as a global University.
MAESTRO - Manipal Academic Exchange and Student Traineeship for Research Outreach, a portal outlining all the internships and projects International Students can pursue while in Manipal was launched by the Pro Chancellor Dr Ballal.
Move On, another acquisition of OIAC for effective management of its work was launched by the Vice Chancellor Dr Bhat and Aula Magna, a quarterly newsletter published from the International office detailing all the International Agreements and news was also launched. Dr. Smitha Nayak, Professor, Manipal Institute of Management presented the programme to a large audience.
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