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Georgia Tech To Open University Campuses In India

July 2007
Georgia Tech To Open University Campuses In India

A study in 2005 showed that about foreign 131 educational institutions had a presence in India through collaborations. But now, in what's been called the first such initiative by an American university, Georgia Institute of Technology is opening two full-fledged college campuses in India on its own. Early last month, Georgia Tech and the Andhra Pradesh government signed a memorandum of agreement. The first campus, to be ready by 2009, is being built in the Hyderabad area on a 20-acre plot allotted by the state government, which also took lead in attracting Georgia Tech to Vishakapatnam (or Vizag)—a booming ‘tier-two' city on the East Coast—where a larger campus will be constructed on 70 acres of land.

According to Gary Schuster, provost of Georgia Tech, the Atlanta-based faculty will do all the teaching at first, but eventually, the recruiting will be done within India. Georgia Tech, reportedly, considered eight Indian cities before making the decision. While American universities are showing an interest in India, some Indian companies are now seeing long-term potential in the university towns here. Bangalore-based Wipro, for instance, is hoping to open software development centers in Atlanta, and a couple of other cities in Texas and Virginia where it'll be easy to find skilled workers for the company's growing needs. Given the keen competition for talent within India, Wipro's goal is to have 500-700 employees at each of the three centers in America.

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