TWINNING PROGRAM WITH UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, LOWELL, USA
The University of Massachusetts is a public research university of USA committed to excellence in teaching, research and community engagement. It has got four different campuses in the state of Massachusetts. The University of Massachusetts campus located in Lowell (UMass Lowell) is dedicated to transformational education that fosters student success, lifelong learning and global awareness. The University offers affordable, experience-based undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs that are taught by internationally recognized faculty who conduct research to expand the horizons of knowledge. UMass Lowell continues to build on its founding tradition of innovation, entrepreneurship and partnerships with industry and the community to address challenges facing the world. It distinguishes itself in providing high-quality education with special focus on hands-on learning through experience with personal attention from accomplished faculty and dedicated staff.
Saintgits College of Engineering has entered into a collaboration with UMass Lowell for the Twinning program. This collaboration is currently available for Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering programs. It will be extended to other programs in due course. The Twinning program has two paths. (i) A student who completes two years in Saintgits College of Engineering will study the third and fourth year in UMass Lowell and (ii) a student who completes three years in Saintgits College of Engineering will study the fourth year in UMass Lowell. At the end of the fourth year, the student will get BS degree in Engineering from University of Massachusetts. The student would have also acquired some additional credits for continuing for the MS program. The scheme can be availed only by students having high academic merits. The Twinning program has the approval of AICTE and APJKTU.
In its quest for empowering learners, Saintgits Institute of Management undertook a nine day Academic exchange program with Donache School of Business, Duquesne University, Pittsburg, US thereby transcending the walls of classrooms from 12th May to 20th May 2009 at Saintgits Campus. To facilitate our students’ journey to become global leaders, Saintgits Institute of Management has tied up with Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Duquesne’s Donahue Graduate Business Program stands at #18 on the Global Top 100 ranked by the Aspen Institute’s biennial Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey. Among schools of comparable size, Duquesne ranks number 2 worldwide. The program also started faculty exchanges in 2011.
In 2011, the program focused on sustainable tourism in the Vembanad Lake ecosystem. The five student teams developed case studies on five aspects of the hospitality industry in the Vembanad area: resorts, houseboats, homestays, ayurvedic residential programs, and stakeholders such as transportation, logistics, infrastructure and the community. In 2013, the program focused on six aspects of food sustainability, such as food ecosystems, food production, distribution, technologies, organic movement, and livestock.
In 2014, the program was designed for the Duquesne team to undergo two short-term courses in Marketing and Management, spanning for almost a month in two cities, Kottayam and Chennai.
Saintgits College of Engineering and Saintgits Institute of Management are working with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA, which is acclaimed as the top technical university in the world, have been working together on a three-year collaborative program on ‘Product Design for Developing World’. This academic partnership launched in 2011 has facilitated the Saintgits students to team up with Caltech students in identifying the needs of the rural consumer in order to design products that are affordable to the consumer.
The joint team has identified problem areas including products and processes, where economic, mechanical solutions can improve productivity, reduce hazards and create better earning potential for the bottom of the pyramid. Seven student teams are working on seven distinct projects under the course that is conducted by video conferencing. The student teams are also involved in market research to develop new products for the rural consumer. The collaborative program is a great experience for Saintgits students, exposing them to global technical learning, as well as for students and faculty from Caltech who are exposed to local engineering and processes during their visits.