From the New York Times, by Somini Sengupta, March 26, 2007:

In the article India Attracts Universities From the U.S , at the New York Times, it is describe the drive of American Universitiesfor setting up satellite campuses in India as was done in China, Singapore or Qatar. The article focus on the interest of business schools in the United States to establish links with India, in order to participate in the current drive to train executives and business managers in India.

“The Americanization of Indian education is following a variety of approaches. Champlain College, based in Burlington, Vt., runs a satellite campus in Mumbai that offers degrees in one of three career-oriented subjects that college administrators have found to be attractive to Indians: business, hospitality industry management and software engineering. A 2005 study commissioned by the government found at least 131 foreign educational institutions operating in India at the time, a vast majority offering vocational courses.”

Another aspect is that though the colleges degrees in most satellite campus been established in India, are not recognize by the Indian government, this does not seem to constitute an hindrance for students looking for jobs in the private sector. The article offers a brief list of some of the American institutions participating in this drive for investing in the private sector of Indian Higher Education System: California State University, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell University and Rice University

 

The best part of the article is found at the end, when the rational of a student attracted to this programs supported by American Higher Education Institutions is revealed:

 

The applicants on the recent evening in Chennai were eager to please the gatekeepers from Pittsburgh. They addressed them politely with a series of “yes, sirs.” Asked what they could contribute to Carnegie Mellon, some of them became flummoxed. One young man said he wanted to develop software designed for the “global citizen,” by which he meant a way to transfer money across continents using a mobile phone.

Mr. Muddana, who had a bachelor’s degree in information technology and had spent the past eight months as a software developer for an Indian firm, said he saw the program as a cost-effective ticket to an American degree and a chance to work for a few years in the United States.

The rational scarcely as something to do with education, or the quality of the programs, but is imagine as a ticket to participated in the global market of labor in the United States, so much for the idea of a global citizen, aside of commercial considerations.

His father, he said, failed to grasp his ambitions. Why would he quit a secure, well-paying job to go back to school, his father wanted to know. Mr. Muddana said his father taught at a government school in a rural district in neighboring Andhra Pradesh State. He earns today roughly what his son makes fresh out of college. Mr. Muddana said his father was bewildered by his dreams and by how much it would cost to get a master’s degree.

“He’s presently thinking only of the investment,” Mr. Muddana said, “not the outcome.”

Link to the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/26/world/asia/26india.html?pagewanted=2&hp

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