What is unique about Amrita –MBA Bangalore Campus?

Amrita – MBA Bangalore campus, offers a unique collaborative twinning program where students will have the opportunity to earn a full-time MBA and an MS (Master of Science) in Management and Business Analytics from University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (USA).

What is a Collaborative Programme?

The Collaborative program can easily be explained as follows. Suppose you join a MBA degree program, say "Masters of Business Administration" for which you need to complete 36 courses and to earn another MS in a closely related field, say Business Analytics. you will need to complete 10 courses in Business Analytics. However, because of the closeness of the two fields, some of the courses could be jointly applicable to both the degrees. When the two degree programs are integrated and offer as a single stream of courses, we have a collaborative Program. Two unique degrees are issued after 2yrs of completion of education called Dual degree Programme.

What are the degrees being offered?

The Collaborative program consists of Two Masters Degrees: (i) MBA (ii) MS in Management: Business Analytics and Systems. The MS is a specialized degree that is uniquely designed to provide aspiring professionals with focused knowledge and skills so that they can grow into executive positions and become effective leaders. This degree is offered by SUNY at Buffalo. The MBA is a Management degree in Business that is designed to grow into Management positions in any industry and is offered by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Are there other examples of such Collaborative programs?

Yes. MIT has similar alliances with the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technical University (NTU). For example, in the MIT-NUS alliance, students take a single stream of courses, some offered by MIT faculty and others by NUS faculty. After completing the stream, the students earn two MS degrees in Computer Science one from MIT and the other from NUS. The MIT-NTU alliance also works similarly.

How long is the Collaborative program and how is it offered?

The degrees have been jointly designed by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and SUNY at Buffalo and will be offered as a single stream of courses over a period of 24 months. The two degrees have overlapping course requirements that have been effectively used to extract the synergies between their respective requirements and leverage the competencies of the faculty from the two universities. As a result, this innovative design of the program would enable the students to complete both the degree requirements in 24 months in a significantly cost-effective and time-effective manner.

Will I get a chance to Visit University at Buffalo, New York?

Yes, As part of the academic exercise, students visit the SUNY campus for 3 to 4 weeks. They attend a full course, visit industries around New York and have a cross cultural engagement.

What skills will I acquire from this program?

The courses are specially designed to focus on the following fundamental skills required of managers: Functional, Technical and Process skills for effective management of organizations and Soft skills. The Functional, Technical and Process skills are focused on the following:

  1. Develop a strategic perspective on high tech industry
  2. Acquire leadership skills
  3. Learn to deal with business partners
  4. Learn to manage projects and teams
  5. Acquire the foundational skills needed in the functional areas
  6. Learn how high tech enabled services are designed and implemented
  7. Acquire the necessary technical skills needed in high tech industry
  8. Learn to leverage technologies, business processes and organizations
     
The focus on soft skills is as follows:
  1. Learn the art of communication
  2. Develop a sensitivity to cross-cultural issues
  3. Learn to work in teams
  4. Cross psychological barriers
  5. Develop a balance between Work and Life
     

We believe that the proposed post-graduate dual-degree in management program with the above clear focus would build outstanding professionals who would contribute enormously to the productivity of their firms. Further, the emphasis on the above set of skills would also develop managers into entrepreneurs in their own areas, besides giving them a significant career advantage through the two advanced degrees.

Where will the classes be held?

The classes will be held at the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Bangalore campus. Amrita has constructed a state-of-the-art class room facility for this program. The faculty from SUNY Buffalo and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and the industry experts will come to Bangalore to conduct the classes.

What does each course involve?

Each course would consist of appropriate combinations of: Lectures by Instructors, Guest-lectures by field experts, Case studies, Student group presentations, Tutorials wherever appropriate, Soft skills training, Audio-visual presentations, Projects and Exams.

What additional educational support services will be provided to the students?

Several. The courses will be supported by the following technologies: Web-based asynchronous e-learning support, Instructor - student, student - student, group communications emails and chat rooms, Web hosting of study material, online exams wherever possible, Online program administrative support and Media-equipped classrooms. The students will be provided with the books and study material required for each course. The program administration is housed at the Amrita campus in Bangalore. The administrative office will assist students with all programmatic matters such as course registration, scheduling, study material distribution, exam administration, collection of projects and assignments, all program announcements, etc.

What is the unique value proposition of the programme to the students?

Several. Here they are:

  • Unique Value: The MBA-MS is a Management degree. This is uniquely designed with a focused coverage of all necessary knowledge areas and skills so the aspiring professionals can grow into executive positions and become effective leaders.
  • Universal Value: In the MBA- MS In this program, students gets an edge over others as they gain competency in Analytics and Strategic decision making which is the need of the hour.
  • Career Value: Consequently, the dual-degree would advance the careers of students across several vertical industries. This is a significant expansion of their career options with enhanced flexibility for career migrations.
  • Distinctive Value: While there are several universities in India including the IIMs, ISB, XLRI etc. that offer management degrees, there is no degree program that is specially focused on the management of High-tech firms.
  • Market Value: SUNY at Buffalo is a top-tier and well-recognized research university in the US. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is a first-rate academic institution in India. The US degree and the Indian degree have tremendous market value both in India and abroad.
  • Time and Cost Efficiencies: Consequently, the two degrees can be earned in 24 months. Furthermore, The cost of the program is competitive when compared to the best B-Schools in India.
  • Distinguished Faculty: Several distinguished Professors from the US will be traveling to Bangalore to teach in this program. The program also includes several highly regarded industry experts who will deliver lectures during the courses.
  • Cost Advantage: Earn US degree in India at a fraction of the total cost of going to US and earning it.
     

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