Dutch university to open learning centres in India

March 2nd, 2009 - 6:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, March 2 (IANS) Bringing global management education to the doorsteps of Indian students, the Netherlands-based Wittenborg University (WU) is planning to open its learning centres in India in the next few months.
While making this announcement, WU director of International projects P.D. Vis said: “We are at the advanced stage of discussions with our Indian partners for setting up our learning centres here. We are likely to open them at Jaipur in Rajasthan and at Amritsar in Punjab.”

He said: “Here we will offer three-year bachelor course in business management that will be recognised by WU. The students will study for two years at the learning centre in India and final year at WU in Deventer in the Netherlands.”

Presently, WU has its learning centres in Russia, Nepal and Britain and the university is planning to open more centres in India, China, Ukraine and the Philippines under the branch name of “Wittenborg Asia”. About 100 seats will be offered at each learning centre, said Vis.

“The students will get one job-seeking year in the Netherlands after graduation. During this year, they are free to do any sort of work anywhere in the country. If they manage to earn 25,000 euros in one year then they will get a work permit of another five years in Netherlands that further leads to a Schengen visa,” he said.

Talking about the fee structure, Vis said: “Yearly tuition fee while studying in Indian campus is 2,100 euros whereas for Netherlands campus the fee is 6,300 euros. We offer plenty of scholarships to our students depending on their caliber.”

He said WU is a 20-year-old self-aided university without any support from government and in the last six months, 60 Indian students have enrolled in the Netherlands campus.

“Asia is an important market for us as many Nepalese and Indian students are doing extremely well in the Netherlands. Moreover, we will offer every possible assistance to our students in campus placement, as we want to retain the talent trained by us in our own country,” stated Vis.

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