Executive and Professional Education

Recent reports on the state of higher education in India* identified gaps, and offered recommendations for creating a “globally relevant and competitive” higher education system that meets the requirements of both the domestic and the global economy. While the Indian higher education system has made considerable progress in terms of capacity creation and enrolment, especially in the last decade, major gaps remain including the low employability of graduates, the low impact of research output, the lack of international research collaborations, and the limited focus on entrepreneurship on campuses. Reducing these gaps will require more globally reputed Indian institutions, significant student and faculty mobility, and the presence of collaborations with quality international institutions such as Virginia Tech.

We also note that technological advancement and knowledge creation are moving at breakneck speed. Most working professionals, especially those in early or mid-careers, need to upgrade their skills to stay abreast of the latest developments in their fields and to advance in their careers. There is an equally identified need for company executives to update their knowledge of emerging technologies, trends, and practices in business management to broaden their expertise and improve corporate performance.

To meet these objectives, Virginia Tech India, drawing upon the expertise of the faculty from Virginia Tech, USA, will offer a comprehensive portfolio of courses to cover a range of topics customized to the needs of companies, professionals, and corporate leaders.

The initial offerings include short (1-2 weeks) and longer duration (8-10 weeks) courses in the areas of:

Automotive

  • Crash and Safety
  • Advanced Vehicle Dynamics
  • GD & T
  • Tyre Technology
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Power Electronics & Controls

Aerospace

  • Design and Analysis of Aerospace Structures
  • Verification and Validation Studies
  • Fatigue and Fracture
  • Aircraft Propulsion Modelling and Testing

Information Technology

  • Cyber Security
  • Data and Decision Sciences
  • 3D Printing
  • Technology Management & Innovation
  • Business Intelligence and Analytics

Energy Engineering

  • Environment Management
  • Organizational Sustainability
  • Sustainability Leadership
  • Sustainable Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management Operations

VT India also provides an opportunity for Virginia Tech students to participate in study abroad programs based in the Indian subcontinent. These programs will expose the next generation of American citizen leaders to the opportunity and promise of sustained engagement with India’s rich and diverse history, culture, and people to foster greater economic and cultural collaboration between the two nations.

*FICCI (Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry) Higher Education Summit 2014 Report took stock of the state of higher education in India.