Modi Enterprises Ties Up With US University

New Delhi: | Updated: Oct 22 2002, 05:30am hrs
Modi Enterprises has entered into a 50:50 joint venture with US-based Apollo International to set up the Western International University (WIU) campus in India.

The University will make its debut in the country with the setting up of the Modi Apollo International Institute (MAII) in New Delhi. Apollo has initially invested USD 2 million in the initiative. It plans to set up 30 campuses across the country within a span of 10 years.

The WIU programmes offered at MAII will include bachelors and masters programmes and short-term courses in business administration and information technology. The institute will initially target working adults and introduce undergraduate full-time courses only next year. The first MBA programme in management commences on November 20 and enrolments are currently on. The MBA in information technology will begin in January 2003. The faculty, headed by Prof emeritus Ramaswamy Aiyar, will consist of experienced professionals and industry experts.

According to MAII COO SK Bawa,Our USP will be the internationally tested teaching model for higher education, tailored to meet the needs of working adults. The programmes provide for flexible scheduling with evening and weekend classes and the option of attending classes once or twice a week. The size of the classes will also be limited to 30. The curriculum will be based on international best practices with centrally developed courses that can be customised for India.

The Apollo group is a global education and training company with a presence in Europe and Latin America. It is the largest provider of higher education in the US, through the Western International University, University of Phoenix, College for financial planning and Institute for Professional Development.

The Modi group currently runs 22 educational institutions in India at the primary, secondary and higher levels.

Says Apollo International chairman Jorge Klor de Alva,Our endeavour is to serve the growing global need for private education in partnership with fund managers, experienced international investors and business leaders worldwide.