The first cohort of students studying at the VU-Ganpat University (GUNI) Centre of Excellence in Ahmedabad, India started their classes this week.
This heralds the official start of an exciting new academic venture between Victoria University (VU) Melbourne and GUNI. Approximately 20 students enrolled in the VU Master of Business (Enterprise Resource Planning Systems) and Master of Business Analytics (Professional) are the first to study at the Centre. The new building in Ahmedabad, Gujarat was provided by the Education Centre of Australia (ECA), a partner in the new alliance.
Graduates will obtain an internationally-recognised Australian master’s degree from VU and a nationally-accepted postgraduate qualification from GUNI, accredited by the Indian University Grants Commission. VU and GUNI plan to expand course offerings to include postgraduate courses in engineering, information technology and business administration in 2019 and beyond. This builds on a previous VU-GUNI partnership that delivered VU's Master of Business (Enterprise Resource Planning Systems) from 2012 to 2014. VU India Academic Director and Principal, Brendan McCarthy says,
The new masters courses will be delivered on a flexible academic timetable, to meet the needs of modern learners and following in the footsteps of the alumni from our previous program (who all have excellent jobs), we'll teach our new students to the same high standards, preparing them for the global workforce."
As one of Australia's oldest and largest providers of transnational education, VU has spent the past 30 years expanding its global footprint, delivering courses via partner institutions in Malaysia, China, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. The University has also partnered with ECA to teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses in accounting and information systems to international students in Sydney for more than a decade.
"Working together academically, we can provide a VU award in India that is equivalent in standard and value to the same awards in Australia. In this way, we increase access and opportunity for Indian students," says VU Transnational Education Regional Director, Rhys Williams.
VU-GUNI student Chirag Bhanushali says he is looking forward to studying his Master of Business Analytics (Professional).
"Being in a practical curriculum-based program I am assured that I will be industry-ready and it will be a privilege to graduate from one of the top universities of the world," Chirag says.