Victoria University will open a new international study centre in India later this year. VU India will be located in Ahmedabad, the largest city in the northwest state of Gujarat, and one of India’s fastest growing places.
VU’s new centre is a three-way collaboration between VU, the Education Centre of Australia (ECA), and Ganpat University, one of India’s leading private universities. VU has operated its successful VU Sydney Campus with ECA for many years.
From October, VU India will offer a postgraduate professional information-technology suite of masters courses in project management, enterprise resource planning systems, and business analytics.
The dual masters model
The Australian–Indian dual masters award model is one of the first involving an Australian University, in collaboration with a local university partner.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Dawkins said VU India will provide students in India with an opportunity to earn a masters degree from a university recently ranked as one of the top young universities in the world, at a fraction of the cost of studying in Australia.
“VU India will offer the same quality-assured VU curricula and exceptional student experience as our onshore qualifications,” Professor Peter Dawkins said.
"Graduates can enhance their employability in the rapidly growing IT field both in India and around the world with internship opportunities and a dual VU-Ganpat University qualification."
Building on links in sport & education
The establishment of VU India follows VU's announcement last month to join the India-Australia Sport Partnership and share VU’s world-renowned sport expertise and research with India as it aims to establish its first national sport university.
Ganpat University Chancellor Mr Anil Patel, who visited VU this week to officially launch VU India, said the two universities had much in common.
“Excellent education is the only sure path to youth empowerment. The VU and Ganpat dual masters awards will maximise opportunities for many students to achieve their goals,” he said.
ECA Chief Executive Officer Mr Rupesh Singh said he was pleased ECA and VU would extend a partnership they developed a decade ago to establish VU’s Sydney Campus for international students.
“VU India will provide an exceptional opportunity for students to pursue their academic and career goals at a partnered centre in a country with one of the world’s largest student markets,” he said.
In the near future, VU India expects to offer other masters courses, in engineering (telecommunications and electrical power); business administration; and applied information technology.
It also plans to have transnational activities between staff, students and researchers at the two universities.
VU India builds on a successful VU-Ganpat program conducted more than five years ago. The program saw some 80 students in India receive a VU masters degree in enterprise resource planning systems, then go on to successful careers in India and abroad.