The world is facing a learning crisis. While countries have significantly increased access to education, being in school isn’t the same. Crisis will affect generations of students without action to boost teaching. Global learning crisis is costing $129 billion a year 10% of global spending on primary education is being lost on poor quality education that is falling to ensure that students learn. This situation leaves one in for young people in poor countries unable to read a single sentence. International students applying to foreign universities have hit a wall due to this global crisis. The dilemma to continuing with their education in India on waiting for universities abroad is faced by many students who are studying in international board. Many studies explored the challenges and hurdles experienced by international students attending institutions of higher education abroad.
Universities and college campuses are places where students live and study in close proximity to each other. They are also a buzzing cultural hubs where students are brought together from Nations around the world. Recently, the foundations of this unique ecosystem have been impacted significantly by the rapid spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, creating uncertainty regarding the implications for higher education.
One of the biggest concerns for the sector at large is the percentage of international students that make up the domestic higher education markets. This pandemic has resulted in an economic slump globally and parents are becoming conscious of the cost of sending the children abroad. As a result, international school students who would have ideally chosen to apply to universities abroad are now evaluating higher education prospects in their home country.
The question we often ask parents is : if their ward is planning to apply to an Indian university, should they opt for a school that offers curriculum from international boards, or stick to conventional Indian boards.
It is believed that it is highly advisable for parents to enroll their child in an international board as the curriculum is global and the skills amasses will ensure that every student becomes an active learner for life. These programs are brilliantly designed to help students become adaptable, thereby helping students to perform with ease in the Indian education system as well as Internationally.
It is important to understand that a rigorous curriculum ensures that students are challenged effectively to think critically and creatively. These skills along with many others these programmes inculcate, are learning for a lifetime. They are also highly sought after by universities and employers both abroad and within India.
International board follows application based teaching – It is also important at this stage to understand that while many curricula focus on teacher-led methodology, the international curriculum is more about an involved facilitation process, in order to allow the student to develop essential independent thinking skills.
Cambridge international AS and A Level is an in-depth program which helps students develop many core higher-order thinking skills that universities are looking for, such as analysis, evaluation, and synthesis. The program also focuses on building research, innovation, reflection, and communication skills in each student. These I believe are essential for the 21st-century learning and a global citizen.
Students adapting to international curriculum – Let us focus on India for the moment. Many parents were often worried if the process of transferring a child from an international curriculum to our national one is easy. Let me reassure you here that there is a smooth progression for the learners who choose to study at universities in India. These learners from international boards acquire knowledge, skills, and adaptability that enable them to enter, or re-enter the Indian education system, without difficulty as they are well prepared for independent study. All reputed indian universities accept and value international qualifications.
The subject knowledge along with the critical thinking and reasoning skills that the Cambridge International AS and A Level programme grants its students is unparalleled. And this has been of immense help to our students who have moved on to various Indian and international universities to study science, technology, law, design, medicine, management, finance, history, math, psychology, literature, research etc.
The international outcomes allow them to apply to all universities including esteemed organisations such as All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Indian Institute of Technology, National Institute of Design etc.
Many students from Podar International School have over the years successfully found placements in renowned universities. I strongly believe that the skills and knowledge that they amass during their years of international education are significant contributors to them being successful in the field of their choice.