BENGALURU: The days when international schools were considered to be the springboard to foreign universities for higher studies are gone. According to a recent study, even as the number of students going abroad for undergraduate programmes has been on the rise, there is also an increase among international school students pursuing education in Indian universities.
The trend was noticed in the recent Cambridge Assessment International Education’s annual Student Destinations Survey, covering 470 schools from 63 nations. The survey said the most-popular Indian universities among students following Cambridge syllabus are Symbiosis International University, NMIMS University, Ashoka University, Manipal Academy for Higher Education and Bangalore University.
Globally, traditional English-speaking countries of UK, USA, Canada and Australia continue to be the mostpreferred destinations. Some of the universities popular with Cambridge students globally are University of Manchester, University of Toronto, University College London, King’s College London and Florida State University , said the survey.
The top five subjects that Indian students choose are business and management, engineering, computer science, economics and accounting and finance. The survey revealed that Cambridge students in India are diversifying from traditional STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics ) subjects and considering liberal arts programmes.
“Engineering and business remain the most-popular for our students worldwide. It’s refreshing to see that our curriculum in India is encouraging more to consider liberal arts programmes as well as traditional STEM routes,” said Kevin Ebenezer, head of Global Recognitions.
Confirming the trend, Nooraine Fazal, CEO and co-founder of Inventure Academy, said, “There is more interest in Indian higher educational institutions with the advent of new-age universities like Ashoka and OP Jindal, which promise quality education. We also saw a decrease in interest among students going abroad because of difficulty in getting a work visa, especially in countries like US and UK. At the same time, we have seen an equal number of students wishing to pursue science and liberal arts.’’ Sarojini Rao, principal, Indus International, said: “There was a time when students who joined international schools vied only to go abroad. Now, we see around 10% of our students staying back by choice to study in Indian universities — Ashoka, Symbiosis, Christ University, etc. are popular among our students. Not only are our universities getting better, but students of IGCSE and IB are also getting more recognition from Indian universities as they have started opening up to their curriculum.”