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Indian interest in US varsity's online master's degree

Posted on Nov 01, 10:03PM | IANS

Several Indian institutions have expressed interest in a newly-launched University of South Florida's fully online Master of Science in Management Information Systems degree programme, the Tampa Florida-based university said.

The degree for the programme focusing on advanced analytic technologies, business intelligence, and big data is being offered through a partnership between USF's College of Business and University College.

"Companies would prefer hiring students from our master's programme focusing on business intelligence because of the coverage this programme offers to students to pick up skills that are highly in demand today," said Kaushal Chari, chair of USF's Information Systems Decision Sciences Department.

"Based on our track record, we are confident we will be able to place graduates of this online programme in top companies worldwide."

During his recent visit to India in mid-October, Roger Brindley, associate vice president of USF's Global Academic programmes, discussed the details of the programme with administrators from several leading Indian institutions and businesses in Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka, the university said.

The notion of Indian students gaining access to a world-class, accredited and professionally delivered programme from a top ranked US university without having to leave their home town was of great interest to these educational and business leaders, it said.

"We have many international students from India enrolled in our on-campus MS/MIS programme. The online MS/MIS programme provides a cost-effective and flexible alternative to earn this great USF degree for Indian students," said Moez Limayem, dean of the USF College of Business.

The classes, which begin March 2013, will be taught by USF's award-winning faculty from the Information Systems Decision Sciences Department at the College of Business. The deadline to apply is Jan 31. Applications can be found at http://uc.usf.edu/mis/

"There is demand for students who know what the field is, who know what the techniques are, and essentially can think about the entire spectrum, who are not just very narrow in one field and don't know the context in which this tool can be used," said Associate Professor Balaji Padmanabhan. "I think that's what our programme offers students from all over the world."