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NIIT expands presence in China through strategic partnerships

November 7, 2016

According to an official release on November 3, Gurgaon headquartered NIIT, a global leader in skills and talent development, has entered into two strategic tie-ups in Ningxia Province of China to develop a pool of IT professionals who are aligned to the fast-evolving knowledge economy. Towards this, NIIT has signed an MoU with Yinchuan City Economic and Technology Development Zone to open a training centre and train 2500 learners from universities, colleges and enterprises in next 5 years with financial support from Ningxia provincial government. The company also joined hands with Ningxia University to provide IT training through NIIT Inside Model. The signing ceremony was graced by Rahul Patwardhan, CEO, NIIT Ltd; Xian Hui, governor of Ningxia province and Wang Heshan, vice governor of Ningxia in an event organised in Yinchuan city.
Under the MoU with Yinchuan City Economic and Technology Development Zone, NIIT will establish a training base in public-private partnership model supported by Ningxia Province, to conduct IT training in Digital Transformation technologies. The MoU was signed by Kamal Dhuper, country head, NIIT China and Liang Yabin, director of IBI Incubation Park, Yinchuan City. NIIT team led by Patwardhan also had a meeting with party secretary of Ningxia Li Jianhua, governor Xian Hui and mayor of Yinchuan Bai Shangcheng before the signing ceremony.

NIIT and Ningxia University, the leading University in Ningxia province also joined hands, wherein NIIT will facilitate state-of-the-art ‘Inside Model’ in the University. ‘NIIT Inside Model’ is a unique curriculum integration model for co-operation with universities and colleges in China where NIIT programs will be embedded in university/college IT curriculum. Students may undergo a 4-year Bachelor Degree programmr or a 3-year Associate Degree program post 12th grade in Information Technology. University system continues to teach the subjects such as   language, science etc. to obtain a Bachelor Degree, the high-end IT module shall be provided by NIIT. The students will get the degree from the University and receive a certificate from NIIT. The NIIT Inside Model is successfully running in over 180 plus universities/institutions in various Asian countries. In Ningxia University, GNIIT programme will be embedded to enrol and train students in software engineering every year for next 3 years starting from September 2017. The agreement was signed by Dhuper and He Jianguo, president of Ningxia University.

Speaking on these significant tie-ups, Patwardhan said, “These agreements are in line with our vision to develop a globally competitive IT talent pool in China, armed with futuristic skill-sets aligned to the requirements of the fast evolving digital economy. With our keen understanding of the changing skills requirement of the industry, NIIT is committed to support China in its human capacity building initiative.”

Prakash Menon, president, Global Skills and Careers Group, NIIT Ltd, said, “NIIT pioneered the category of IT training in China in the late nineties with an aim to create a manpower pool, to empower the IT industry in the country.  Through these strategic partnerships we aim to deliver the best of IT training to accelerate new-age career opportunities for the Chinese students.”

Ningxia Hui Autonomous region was established in 1958, covering an area of 66,400 sqm, with a total population of 6,670,000 in 2015. It has under its jurisdiction five prefecture level cities including Yinchuan, Shizuishan, Wuzhong, Guyuan, Zhongwei and 22 counties and smaller cities.

NIIT, a global leader in skills and talent development, established its presence in China in 1997, becoming the first Indian IT enterprise to do so. Over the years, NIIT has been training skilled IT professionals for China’s software outsourcing industry. With the support of its outstanding partners and institutions, it has trained more than 150,000 students in the country.

Founded in 1981, NIIT Limited, a global leader in Skills and Talent Development, offers multi-disciplinary learning management and training delivery solutions to corporations, institutions, and individuals in over 40 countries. To learn more, visit

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