NIIT University inks MoU with University of Missouri

July 17, 2014

Founded with a vision to bring about innovation in higher education and learning in emerging areas of the knowledge society, the Neemrana, Rajasthan based 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 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 percent 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.

Speaking on this significant collaboration, Dr. Rajendra Pandey, president, NIIT University, 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 percent lesser than the fee charged to any international student. There is also a very strong support for teaching assistantship.

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.

Set up with the vision of being the leading center of innovation and learning in emerging areas of the Knowledge Society, the not-for-profit NIIT University is dedicated to building great careers and ensuring excellent job opportunities to all its students.

A part of the University of Missouri System, the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) is a public research university located in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. UMKC was one of three colleges in the U.S to be presented the President’s Award for Community Service in Higher Education.

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