In the last decade, Sciences Po, Paris, has transformed itself from a political science academy to train the French elite to an international social sciences institute. As many Indian universities plan to globalise their approach to education, Francis Vérillaud, vice president and director of international affairs and exchanges, Sciences Po, talks to KUNAL MAJUMDER about the importance of internationalisation in higher education.
The Indian government wants to globalise the education system here, with more international exposure in the sector of higher education. As a representative of one of the most respected French education institutes, what advice do you have?
First, I do not have the pretension to talk about the higher education system in countries other than in my own. All education systems have their own national cultural mark. Some of them have international vision. In the last ten years, my own institute has developed from being a national body to an international one. And I come from a country that is not known for developing such international institutions.