Could Harvard/Oxford Be Coming To India?

Could Harvard/Oxford Be Coming To India?

Bloomberg reported that Indians wishing to obtain higher education from Ivy League schools may choose "Princeton Mumbai" or "Harvard Hyderabad" in future. That's because India's plan to attract the top 100 universities in the world is a good opportunity. Because of the explosive growth of talent, the reputation of the schools that build campuses here will be further improved. To be sure, there will be challenges such as finding high-quality teachers and tedious jobs.

Impact of current standard of education. 

Experts believe that allowing top foreign universities to settle in India will help improve the standards of Indian counterparts. As long as our legendary government bureaucracy can be avoided, Taylor Corwin’s fantasy can become a reality. Good foreign universities can set up campuses in India. This is a real game change, as long as these universities have a vision and think that their business in India is not (simply) seen as an opportunity to make money, but as a release of the country’s huge youth The engine of talent. What also needs to happen at the same time is that the Indian state government has established high-quality universities (for example, Ambedkar University in Delhi), invested in them and granted them full autonomy in academic affairs.

Advantages having a Central university over state/national universities.

One advantage of the National University over the Central University is that there is a direct constituency that benefits from the Central University, so it has invested funds to defend them so as not to be destroyed by vested political interests. We also do not need a general national education policy, which will suffocate all guerrilla parties and educational projects in the cultural divide. Locally wise government policies and domestic and foreign, private investment can get the job done!
The reputation of schools willing to expand their operations in India will be greatly enhanced. India and South Asia in general are in the midst of an astonishing growth in talent in various fields. Sundar Pichai runs Alphabet and Google, and Satya Nadella runs Microsoft. Abhijit Banerjee recently won the Nobel Prize in Economics. Vishy Anand is one of the top chess players in the world. Indian writers are world-famous. and many more.

Therefore, universities that open branches in India will become one of the best universities in the world-not the top 100, but the top 50. India’s situation is likely to be like the United States in 1900, when most American universities and university scholars lag behind Europe, but within a few decades of surpassing Europe. Competitive pressure will begin, and top schools that initially do not want to enter India will be attracted.

You may be wondering, if India has its own first-class schools, such as various Indian technical colleges, does India really need all these foreign branches. In my fantasy, some Indian higher education institutions will improve and force some competitors-can we say the University of California, Berkeley? -Go abroad. However, many talented Indians will find that attending a branch of Harvard or Yale University is a good choice. In addition, top foreign schools may form alliances with Indian institutions (as Yale University did in Singapore) to provide students with the best of both worlds.

The future will be better. As time goes by, the number of Indian alumni of famous American universities will increase relative to those who study and graduate in the United States. Therefore, the top schools in the United States will become an engine of opportunity. It is also obvious that students studying in the United States do not perform as well as students in India.


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