The US-based Indiana University on Wednesday opened an international gateway office in Gurgaon. The new facility set up at the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS), Sector-32 here will offer various courses with the help of country's prestigious institutes and the corporate sector.
Established about 180 years ago, the Indiana University has eight campuses with nine different schools in the US state of Indiana. The University has been offering more than 300 major degrees and has a large Indian and NRI student base.
The new gateway office set up in 4,000 sqft area has tied up with nine institutes in India, including Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Rohtak and Lucknow, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Jindal Global Schools.
"This is our first international gateway as a part of our aim to open up in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries," said MA Venkataraman, vice provost for strategic initiatives, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.
The gateway is likely to offer seven programmes - business analytics, public and environmental affairs, journalism, infomatics, arts and sciences, law and optometry.
"We had launched the business analytics post-graduate programme in collaboration with IIM Lucknow on February 20. We are planning to launch an executive programme with Congnizant in September," added Venkataraman.
He said the university chose Gurgaon for its first international gateway because the city has a huge base of corporates and IT sector.
"There are many similarities between the US and India. Like the US, there is a lot of IT emphasis here and people try to use analytics to make various services affordable," said Rich Magjuka, chair of executive degree programme, Indiana University.
Magjuka was the brain behind introducing the business analytics programme in collaboration with IIM Lucknow. The strategic location of Gurgaon has also played an important role in setting up of the facility.
"The proximity to the IGI airport favoured the setup," said Lauren Robel, executive president and provost of Indiana University.
The other factors that have proven advantageous were the large expat population in Gurgaon and the city's fast-paced development.
"It took us one year to plan the gateway. There is also a research facility. There are already many who are doing their research," added Robel, who has been with the institution for 28 years.