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AIT offers first ‘Unified International Bachelor’s-Master’s Degree Program’ with universities in India

The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), together with two of India’s leading universities, has launched a five-year unified international Bachelor’s – Master’s Degree Program that provides a fast-track way for students to complete an undergraduate degree in India followed by a master’s degree in Thailand, in five years rather than six. 

The new program in Technology, Management and Development offered in collaboration with India’s Shivaji University (SU), Kolhapur and Sir Padampat Singhania University (SPSU), Udaipur, leads to a unified bachelor’s-master’s degree that is spread over five years, and between the two countries. The program at Shivaji University is to be implemented at itsInternational School of Engineering and Technology (ISET) and AIT. The first intake in India is scheduled for July of this year. 

AIT President, Prof. Said Irandoust, explained that this unique unified degree program marks a major step-forward for the Pathumthani-based institute in terms of its networking approach to learning and its strategic goal of forming academic partnerships with universities in the Asian region. “AIT’s internationality and its close relations with institutions throughout the region have uniquely positioned our Thailand-based institute to reach out to students at all levels all over the region,” president Irandoust said. 

Completion of a master’s degree at AIT normally requires two years of formal academic study, following completion of a four-year bachelor’s degree. However, under the new program, participating students who graduate with a four-year bachelor’s degree at SU and SPSU in India may enter AIT to undertake a fifth and final year of study. Upon completion, students will graduate with a bachelor’s degree from the partner university and a master’s degree from the Asian Institute of Technology. 

The accelerated nature of the curriculum makes this possible. Undergraduate students of Shivaji University and Sir Padampat Singhania University will be introduced to advanced level courses degree during their third and fourth years of bachelor’s level study. This overlap in bachelor-master’s offerings is intentional and is designed to expose students early on to advanced courses required to earn a master’s degree at AIT. Program officials believe the international unified bachelor’s-master’s degree program is an economical educational option that is much less than less than the total cost of individual degree programs in India, Thailand, Europe, America or Australia. 

Initial areas of specialization to be offered at Shivaji University’s ISET, include computer science and technology, electronics and communications technology, environmental science and technology, chemical technology and food technology. Areas of specializations to be offered at SPSU will include biotechnology, computer science, electronics and communications, and information technology.

Students continuing with their graduate studies at AIT have the option to major in computer science, mechatronics, information and communications technology, information management, microelectronics, remote sensing and GIS, telecommunications, food engineering and bioprocess technology, agribusiness management, environment engineering and management, water engineering and management, and off-shore technology and management.  

About AIT’s academic partners in India

Shivaji University was established in 1962 in South Maharashtra, India. The jurisdiction of the University is spread over three districts: Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara. It has an enrollment of about 200,000 students studying in 200 affiliated colleges and recognized institutes. (http://www.unishivaji.ac.in/)

Sir Padampat Singhania University was established under the aegis of the J. K. Cement Nimbahera Foundation, near Udaipur in Rajasthan, India. (http://www.spsu.ac.in/)

For more information, kindly contact Professor Vilas M. Salokhe, within Thailand at Tel:(02) 524-5479 and outside Thailand at Tel:(+662) 524-5479
Email: salokhe@ait.ac.th

Program information is also available by visiting the following websites (below):

Shivaji University

http://www.unishivaji.ac.in/ http://www.unishivaji.ac.in/entrnc/R260508BTechMTech0809.pdf

Sir Padampat Singhania University (SPSU)

http://www.spsse.org/integrated_international_bachelor_masters_programme/