Sikkim Manipal signs MoU with UK university

10 Sep
Kolkata, Sept 9 (IBNS) Sikkim Manipal University – Directorate of Distance Education (SMU-DDE), one of the largest providers of Distance Education in India, on Friday announced the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Edinburgh Napier University (ENU), a premier state-owned, Government University in Edinburgh and one of UK’s largest Universities.
The collaboration between SMU-DDE and ENU aims to foster advancement in teaching, research, academic collaboration, cultural understanding and to create avenues for enhancing student experience. 

It will create a strong foundation to encourage exchange and sharing of academic, scientific and cultural experiences. ENU will be an academic partner with SMU-DDE by providing academic training & infrastructure to fulfil the educational needs of the students enrolled. 

Professor George Stonehouse, Dean, ENU Business School said “With India being one of the world’s largest and most dynamic economies, we are even more delighted to work with its leading University. This partnership will foster academic links between our nations and will provide for research collaborations that would contribute to and support the development of higher education in India." 

Prof N S Ramesh Murthy, Director, SMU-DDE said, “We are delighted to sign the MoU with Edinburgh Napier University. This MoU provides a strong footstep for strengthening the academic and build a long-term beneficial relationship between the two Universities. It will also promote knowledge sharing, reflecting the deep interest & commitment of SMU-DDE and ENU towards building a strong educational foundation for the distance education fraternity at large."

Under the scope of engagement, ENU and SMU-DDE will collaborate in the management education space. 

SMU-DE degree holders will be given the option to get an additional MBA degree from ENU by enrolling 60 out of 180 credits of the ENU MBA program. 

Students will be given the option to pursue these additional credits by enrolling for a term on campus at ENU’s Craiglockhart campus in Edinburgh. This means, SMU-DDE students will avail a waiver on 2 term credits, thus saving time. 

Students opting for a term at ENU’s Craiglockhart campus will have an added advantage of working part-time (20 hours per week with minimum wages of 20 £ per hour).
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