Victoria University today signed an agreement with Ganpat University in Gujarat state, India, to jointly offer a range of courses from September this year.
The agreement was signed by the Chancellor, Mr George Pappas, and Vice- Chancellor Professor Elizabeth Harman, who earlier had a meeting with the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi. The Signing Ceremony was witnessed by Mr Modi.
VU Vice-President International Andrew Holloway said that in the first stage of the partnership, VU would offer the first year of masters courses in computer science and business and an MBA at the Ahmedabad campus of Ganpat University from September 2010. Students will complete their courses at Victoria University in Melbourne.
Later stages will involve diploma and bachelor programs including joint degrees with Ganpat University.
The Gujarat State Government has also invited Victoria University to establish a vocational training institute with funding support from the state.
"There is strong demand for postgraduate courses in business and computer science in India and VU is well placed to provide these," Mr Holloway said.
"This is the first stage of our plans for further collaboration with Ganpat University. We are discussing a range of further options, including development of a VU-badged campus to be operated by Ganpat University in the state's largest city, Ahmedabad.
"There is also interest in establishing pathways to VU undergraduate and postgraduate programs in engineering, computer science and management."
Mr Holloway estimates that about 1000 students will enrol in a range of VU programs in Ahmedabad by the end of 2011.
For further details: Andrew Holloway (currently in India for the signing, please note 4 hour time difference) 0403 603 759.
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