2009 press releases

Posted 25 August 2009

AIT Signs Agreement with Leading Indian University

Pictured at the signing of the MoU between Bharati Vidyapeeth University and Athlone Institute of Technology were: Col. Vijay Kaushik, Chairman BVU – DITM; Joy Basu, CEO BVU – DITM; Dr Joseph Ryan, Academic Registrar, AIT; and Austin Hanley, Head of School of Engineering, AIT.

Students from one of the largest universities in India will be able to transfer to engineering degrees in Athlone following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions.

Bharati Vidyapeeth University (BVU) and Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) have agreed to enable students on undergraduate programmes in advanced information technology, mobile application development and embedded systems at the Indian university to transfer to the final year of related honours degree courses at AIT.

The students belong to Amplify Mindware – Department of Information Technology & Management, a techno-commercial initiative at BVU, which offers degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as corporate training opportunities. Some of the Amplify’s business clients include: Siemens, HSBC, Deutsche Telekom (T Systems), WIPRO, Capgemini, Accenture and Satyam.

The Head of the School of Engineering at AIT, Austin Hanley, said that the transfer arrangement would benefit both academic institutions. “AIT has a recognised strength in computer and software engineering and design boasting well recognised undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. In addition, it hosts an established research institute in communications and software development. Students coming from BVU will bring the benefits of their own education and training in one of India’s most prestigious universities, which will create a powerful and dynamic learning environment,” he said.

AIT President, Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, highlighted the increasing number of international partnerships which AIT enjoys. “We have relationships with over 220 higher education institutions around the world, while 10 per cent of our full-time students come from overseas. This is far in excess of other institutes of technology and highlights the very high regard with which AIT is held. As well as creating a multicultural campus, Irish students also benefit enormously from learning, researching and interacting with other learners from around the globe. This is a hidden benefit of studying of AIT, but one that will yield dividends in time to come,” he stated.

Bharati Vidyapeeth University is comprised of more than 140 educational units in various domains and has a student base of more than half a million. It is a permanent member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and is also a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), UK. The university is situated in Pune in the west of India. Pune is the country’s eighth largest city, the most industrialised district in western Maharashtra and a famous IT hub, with nine universities and more than 100 educational institutions. Further information about Amplify Mindware is available online at www.amplifymind.com.

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