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Ivy league programmes now available in India online

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Jul 5 (UNI) Online higher education programmes from Ivy League Universities like Columbia, Harvard and Boston was today launched in India by American Higher Education Inc (AHEd), a global learning solutions company.

''In a knowledge driven world the need for quality education is paramount, specially in a country like India to keep pace with the rapid changes that are taking place in the country,'' said AHEd Vice Chairman and Chief Academic Officer Leonard J Hausman claiming that this was the first time that such programmes were being provided online.

The courses offered right now are programmes in various engineering disciplines from Columbia University's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science; online and onsite skill enhancement programme for teachers and administrators from Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), Harvard University; and online and onsite skill enhancement programms from Boston University Corporate Education Centre (BUCEC).

The admission decision, content, academic delivery, certification and award of degree or certification are controlled directly by the concerned partner university. AHEd India President Nagesh Singh said that the company would be involved only at the stage where all the tests and other requirements for admission are cleared.

Mr Hausman said that India is the first country that would benefit from export of Ivy League programmes to India. Initially around 200 students would benefit from it. He also said that they would soon launch such a project in the the UAE and depending on the availability of qualified students who could afford such programmes, the capacity would be expanded.

Asked how engineering programmes could be delivered online, Mr Singh said only programmes which can be delivered online like financial engineering are being offered. He also said that for some other programmes computer simulations of laboratories are being organised in the office of AHEd in Gurgaon.

He said that the online programmes were being targeted for corporates, institutes and individuals who would like to stay in the country, with their families, retain their jobs and promotions and still attain the high quality of education.

Asked whether the online degree would be in any way less than an onsite degree, he said that as the entry level requirement for the courses would be the same as the onsite degree, the online and onsite degree would be at par.

UNI ARB CS HT1604

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