Middlesex University, which has set up campuses in London and Dubai, is set to open a new campus in Noida’s Sector 61 soon.
The announcement of admissions is expected from the next session. Students in the NCR area will now get an opportunity to get a UK degree at a much lower cost, paying just £ 4,000, which is less than half of what an Indian student pays at present to study in the university's London campus.
According to Joe Victor, regional director, south Asia, Middlesex University, "Noida will have a multipurpose campus with a full-fledged library. Initially we will run Bachelor programmes, which are business management, human resources management and finance”. The library will be housed in a huge area and will be completed in two phases. The campus doesn't have a state-of the art laboratory as of now, which is why there would be no lab-intensive programme such as in design or information technology initially.
The degrees you get here will be the same as that given to students in the other campuses. "We will ensure that the same quality is maintained here. Faculty, library, course curriculum and the examination standards will exactly be the same," adds Victor. "To maintain equal standards, the same examinations are held at the same time everywhere in all the campuses. While hiring faculty for the Noida campus, we will advertise internationally in Times Higher Education, London."
The Noida campus will be known as Middlesex University India, Noida Campus, as Victor is hopeful of establishing a few more campuses in other parts of India in the near future in places like Pune, Bhopal and Chandigarh.
Once the university is equipped with proper laboratories, the campus might contemplate starting programmes in information technology, engineering and product design.
To be eligible for admissions, students have to comply with all criteria followed in the main campus in London, including passing the IELTS with a score band of 6.5.
The students will also get an opportunity to spend the last year of their graduation in any of the Middlesex campuses. If a student studies in Noida for two years, he will be entitled to spend the final year at the London campus before he finishes his graduation. "This option would be available across all the campuses. Around 25 per cent avail of this option. There are some students who avail of this cross-campus study option in Dubai to spend the final year at Mauritius campus," adds Victor.
Those who still wish to apply in the London campus can also apply for scholarships and bursaries. Every Indian student is given a bursary of £ 1,000 pounds and can qualify for merit based awards ranging from £500-£1,000.
Though Indian students now have an option of studying in London or Noida; studying in London will continue to have its own advantages. Agrees Arindam Ghosh, who did his Masters in computer networking from the London campus: "While you stay in London, you are well connected and you study in a culturally diverse environment where students form all parts of the world come to study," says Ghosh
The Noida campus, set to be operational by 2011, will offer BA honours in business management, human resources management and finance