Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Core Education investing $2 million in academic centre in UAE

Education services provider Core Education & Technologies is investing $2 million on an academic centre in Ras al- Khaimah, in partnership with the Government of Ras al-Khaimah and Birla Institute of Technology (BIT), Ranchi. Core will take over the operations of the existing Ras al-Khaimah Institute of Engineering, which currently offers architecture and engineering courses. The company will upgrade facilities at the institute and also add courses in business administration – one-year executive MBA, two-year formal MBA and three-year BBA programmes, in tie-up with a few Canadian universities. The institute will henceforth be called CORE International Institute of Higher Education.

““The UAE Government is aggressive is improving its higher education quality. We will take care of the running of the campus – from marketing the courses and upgrading facilities to refurbishing the infrastructure and collecting fees from students. The endeavour is to make the institute appealing to students from across the world and ensure student expectations are met,” said Mr Anshul Sonak, President, Core, in a telephonic interview with Business Line.

Core will give a global flavour to the curriculum by employing global faculty, using international case studies and promoting exchange programmes, said Mr Sonak. The management courses will start in the coming academic year. The training will be job-oriented and focus on building interoperable skills so that students can excel in any field or part of the world, said Mr Sonak. “We hope to double student strength from 350 now in two years.”

Core offers skill development and assessment solutions across the US, UK, India, Caribbean countries, Africa, Asia-Pacific and West Asia. The partnership at Ras al-Khaimah marks Core Education's entry into formal higher education. Core is also setting up a higher education institute for engineering and MBA in Hyderabad. “Out of 100 students who dot their schooling, only 11 per cent pursues higher education. This is in fact a big global issue. We are also eyeing countries in the Gulf region for higher education.”

Source: The Hindu Business Line, February 28, 2012

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