Bangalore, India, July 15, 2014: Established with a vision to bring about innovation in higher education and learning in emerging areas of the knowledge society, the not-for-profit NIIT University (NU) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Missouri – Kansas City’s School of Computing and Engineering (SCE), to offer a 5-year program that will allow students to secure B.Tech degree from NU and Master’s of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) from SCE. The MoU was signed by Dr. Rajendra Pandey, President, NIIT University and Mr. Kevin Z. Truman, Vice Provost, UMKC, & Dean, School of Computing & Engineering, University of Missouri – Kansas City.
Under this MoU, NIIT University in collaboration with the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s School of Computing and Engineering will offer a unique 5-year program that will give students the opportunity to complete both B.Tech and MSCS, with successful candidates being awarded Bachelor’s of Technology (B.Tech) by NIIT University (NU) and Master’s of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) by UMKC. This is the first of its kind landmark agreement between two educational institutions to collaborate in B.Tech and MS degree programs and research activities through the exchange of degree seeking students and faculty members in the area of computer science and computer engineering.
Students undertaking the course will be required to complete 3.5 years at NU and 1.5 years at UMKC’s School of Computing and Engineering (SCE). Candidates will be admitted to UMKC’s SCE graduate program based on IELTS score of 6.5/9.0 or higher, or an IBT score of 79/120. Course grade of 70% or higher in each completed course at NU (3.0/4.0 GPA – USA scale) is also mandatory. Successful candidates should complete all the necessary requirements for the NU B.Tech degree and the UMKC MSCS degree.
Full admission in the SCE MSCS program will be dependent on the student’s performance in semester 8 at UMKC. A GPA of 3.0/4.0 in all courses at UMKC is required to be scored by students.
UMKC has graded NU B.Tech at par with their undergrad program. Hence no GRE will be required from students who have met all the undergraduate and graduate admissions requirements throughout the program.
President of NIIT University Rajendra Pandey said, “NIIT University offers a new model in higher education based on the principals of innovation and learning, to help open exciting career avenues in today’s knowledge economy. To this end, the MoU with UMKC’s School of Computing and Engineering will offer unique dual technical certification opportunity to students from two reputed institutions.”
In recognition of the quality of NU’s B.Tech program, UMKC has also offered very generous and assured scholarships to all NU students admitted to UMKC program. The fee will be approximately 40% lesser than the fee charged to any international student. There is also a very strong support for teaching assistantship.
Kevin Z. Truman, Vice Provost, UMKC said, “With a vision to prepare students in India for today’s competitive job market we have joined hands with NIIT University to offer the latest technology and business trends, as well as a comprehensive education in computer science through this cutting-edge program.”
Vijay Kumar, Professor, Computer Science Engineering, UMKC said, “NIIT University, Neemrana and University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA have entered into a first of its kind landmark agreement to collaborate in B.Tech and MS degree programs and research activities through the exchange of degree seeking students and faculty members in the area of computer science and computer engineering. It is a monumental academic collaboration for mutual benefit of these institutions. I am delighted to be a part of this collaboration which provides deserving students and dedicated faculty members opportunities and resources for fulfilling their academic dreams. The partnership will produce students with highest academic caliber and faculty with highly innovative research achievements that India needs. We must all wish success to this collaboration.”
The NIIT University currently offers 4-year B.Tech programme in three streams: Biotechnology (BT), Computer Science Engineering (CSE), and Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE). Each stream has a very strong research-focus and industry aligned curriculum.
The University also offers M.Tech Programmes in Educational Technology & Geographic Information Systems; and PhD programmes in Bio-Technology, Computer Science Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engineering, Educational Technology, and Humanities & Social sciences & Management.
Nestled in the foothills of the Aravali range in Neemrana, Rajasthan, the picturesque 100-acre fully residential green campus of NIIT University is equipped with state-of-the-art technology-enabled methodology that’s backed by a strong research-focused curriculum for facilitating a continuous process of learning and development. Since its inception in 2009, NIIT University has made significant progress in research and innovation in curriculum development and design. Conceptualized as an institute of excellence, NIIT University provides exceptional education based on the four Core Principles that make learning industry-linked, technology-based, research-driven and seamless.