Collaborating to Excel
The Institution has entered into various Exchange Programmes, International Academic Partnerships, Partnerships with Professional Institutions, Industries and NGO’s to foster a global culture of educational excellence and to create an environment of innovative learning. The below listed are the Institution’s major collaborations to realize its commitment to academic excellence, character formation and to reach out to communities and individuals who are socially and economically deprived.
International Academic Partners
St. Joseph’s College of Commerce has paved the way for International exchange programmes through its International twinning initiatives, Cultural Exchange and Summer Abroad Programmes. These programmes are an enriching and refining experience at many levels. They steer personal and professional development among students by kindling creative ideas, strengthening relationships and instilling cultural sensitivity. In recognition of the said objectives, the Institution has collaborated with Swansea University, UK, Kobe College Japan, ESDES France, Eastern Institute of Technology, New Zealand, University of St. Andrews and University of The West of Scotland.
Swansea University, UK
Swansea University is a research driven institute that thrives on exploration and discovery. It shares a profusion of values with St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, such as its emphatic drive to provide top- notch education to its students. Over the past few years the college has established a strong relationship with Swansea in terms of academic twinning and cultural exchange programmes. This initiative seeks to explore the possibility of developing collaborative and mutually beneficial activities. Undergraduate students of St. Joseph’s College of Commerce have been participating in this 1 + 2 -year twinning programme since 2010. As of date, 20 students have partaken in this programme. Under the Cultural Exchange partnership with the Swansea University, between 1st August 2016 and 21st August 2016, 11 students from Swansea University, Swansea, Wales, took part in the Study and Cultural Programme organized by the International Desk with support from BBA students. During their visit to India, the students attended classes and seminars, went sightseeing in local areas and interacted with the students from our college. They also undertook volunteering work with Non-Governmental Organizations in Solur and Mundgod which are longstanding missions of St. Joseph’s College of Commerce. Yoga sessions, an interface with doctors of Narayana Institute of Neurosciences, an interaction with Hashmi theatre (theatre club) and art experience were some of the highlights of the Programme this year.
Kobe College, Japan
Kobe College is an Institution of higher learning for women in the field of liberal arts and sciences. As an initiative to establish the educational tie-up, Kobe College has signed up into a cultural exchange programme with St. Joseph’s College of Commerce for five years now. Every year both the Institutions host a 10-day cultural exchange programme which includes lectures on the global economy, social conditions, communicative language classes, workshop on traditional crafts and, visit historical places and industries. St. Joseph’s college of Commerce hosted 24 Japanese students accompanied by three faculty members between 27th August 2016 and 4th September 2016. During their stay in India, the International desk arranged for social visits to BOSCO, a home for street children, Nirmala Shishu Bhavan, a charity home, Tibetan Youth hostel and Jyothi Seva and a NGO. The desk also offered assistance for an ongoing research on Indian economy, microfinance and social environment both in Bangalore and in Anekal. The Japanese students lauded the hospitality and cultural exposure offered by the students of SJCC and the international desk. Kobe College, Japan invited 5 selected students accompanied by a faculty member to Japan between 20th to 29th October, 2016 under the cultural exchange programme to experience and learn about Japanese culture and lifestyle.
St. Joseph’s College of Commerce through its French Exchange Programme with ESDES, France introduced a six month International Business Programme (IBP) and a one year Degree Programme. As part of the six -month International Business Programme (IBP), the International Desk propagated information about the Programme (which is a part of the alliance drawn with ESDES, France). An experience sharing session and a guidance workshop was conducted for the applicants to the Programme. Through a scrutiny of applications and a panel interview, six students of B.Com (Travel & Tourism) were selected to participate in the Programme for the current academic year of 2016-17.
French University of Tourism, France
St. Joseph’s College of Commerce is exploring possibilities of academic partnership with the French University of Tourism, France. The international desk has disseminated information pertaining to upcoming summer school Programme which is offered to all final year under graduate students. SJCC offers academic support for their participation in the Programme from June to July, 2017.
Eastern Institute of Technology, New Zealand
The Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) offers a wide array of over 130 qualifications from certificate and diploma to degree and postgraduate level. A Twinning Programme proposal with EIT and St. Joseph’s College of Commerce has been initiated. Both the Institutions are currently working arduously to materialize this endeavour. The initial purpose of the collaboration is to offer a Bachelor of Business Studies to the students of SJCC in New Zealand. It is a 3 year full time Programme, with a one plus two year twinning (one year study in India and two years in New Zealand) available for St Joseph’s College of Commerce students. More collaborated Programmes would be rolled out eventually. The desk has been in continuous contact with representatives of EIT, to ensure seamless inclusion of the Twinning option for 2017-18 admission.
University of St. Andrews, Scotland
The University of St. Andrews is a British public research university in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. Founded in the 15th century, St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English speaking world. It has a rich heritage of excelling in academic learning and a strong link with local communities. The university has a wide range of courses and has excelled in research diverse subjects. St. Joseph’s College of Commerce has signed a MoU with University of St. Andrews for student exchange programmes and to collaborate on research work among the faculty of both the institutions. This collaboration will help the college in enhancing the quality of its research output and will also provide a global perspective towards research.
University of The West of Scotland – UWS
University of the West of Scotland is one of the country’s largest modern universities, and aims to have a transformational influence on the economic, social and cultural development of the West of Scotland, and beyond. The university provides relevant, high quality, inclusive higher education and innovative and useful research. The Research Centre of St. Joseph’s College of Commerce is in talks with the university to sign a MoU which will enable both institutions to collaborate on research work.