A recent collaboration among universities took place when Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) tied up with Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) to offer distance learning degrees to students. This collaboration will enable SMU MBA students to have recognition from Napier by having qualification from SMU. The students can transfer to Scotland for one semester and get a second degree or they can opt to study the ENU MBA in India itself.
The principal and vice-chancellor of ENU, Dame Joan Stringer, says, “We are going to be able to credit SMUs MBA and work with them so that the best students can gain entry on to our MBA.” She further continues, “I have been coming to India since 1994 and that was when I became aware of the burgeoning demand for education, particularly at the higher level. But, when I became the VC at Edinburgh Napier University, I felt we needed to be part of India’s growth. I realised that we could bring some of our expertise and skills here and work with partners to deliver and not just to recruit students back to Edinburgh.”
The agreement will enable the students of SMU to receive the Certificate of Learning from ENU at 25 (aprox. Rs. 1,800). This certificate of recognition will be proved very useful to students as it will enable an SMU student to get 120 credits of the Napier MBA programme which can be utilised to upgrade another MBA by just studying one extra semester. The cost of this additional semester will just be one-third of the normal fee. Or the other option available for SMU students is to opt for the ENU enriched MBA by paying an extra 30 (approx Rs 2,150 per semester).
The programme will concentrate on teaching students theories and will also help them in developing critical thinking skills so that they can be recruited in reputed organizations. Also, the students will be provided hands-on-training through projects and assignments.