Nescot welcomed a delegation from Kerala in southern India to the college last week as part of a joint project between the two national governments.
The UK India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI) saw the Principal of Palakkad Polytechnic, two lecturers in Computer Engineering from two further colleges, and the Senior Joint Director of Technical Education of the Government of Kerala spend three days at the college.
“We were honoured to welcome such prestigious visitors to our college, and we hope they found the visit useful and took away ideas to continue to improve learning for their students,” said Cliff Hall, Nescot’s Head of College.
The visitors spent time with Nescot’s Computing department discussing ideas and best practice in areas including virtual learning, employer engagement, vendor qualifications and emerging technologies.
There were presentations by Adam Blackmore of JISC and Nescot Head of Computing Sage Lal on how virtual learning could transform education in Kerala, E-resourcing CEO Jon Tyler on the future of IT education in the UK and industry needs, and how India could take advantage of emerging trends.
Software development firm Oxagile flew in a team from Minsk in Belarus to discuss e-learning projects they are working on with universities in America, and how they could be applied in Kerala.
The four delegates were also given a tour of the campus, with highlights including a jazz show by Performing Arts students, being presented by a bird box by the Construction team, and enjoying a staff cricket match with the Computing department.
On Friday the visitors were joined by members of the college’s Senior Management Team for lunch, followed by an informal ceremony to exchange small gifts to mark the visit.
Sage Lal, Head of Computing, will be visiting Kerala in June with lecturer Joseph Hanke. He said: “The UKIERI has been really beneficial for students and staff at all three colleges, and we hope we can continue to learn from one another.
“My vision is to ensure that the expertise we have in Computing at Nescot can spread out to all 49 state colleges in Kerala, which would potentially impact one million students.
“We are developing a Virtual Learning Environment that ensures education in Kerala moves forward in the digital age, providing opportunities not just to those who can afford education, but to those who have the aspirations but not the financial capacity to study.”
Dr Pradeep Kumar, Head of School of Computing and Engineering at Government Polytechnic College Pala, said: “The visit gave us an in-depth insight into the teaching and learning process that takes place at your college.
“We are surprised by the way you use ICT in the field, and I have realised there are a lot of things to learn from your experience.”