From 2008 to 2012, Indian students spent approximately $3 Billion to study in the U.S. This is a story that repeats itself year after year. The cause behind this huge drain of intellectual and financial resources is quite evident. Besides the world class infrastructure that universities in the U.S. have to offer, the poor quality of higher education in India is the unmistakable cause behind the mass student migration that takes place every year. What if there was a way for students to experience the same quality of education, have the same level of infrastructure and get a degree from an American University without having to shell out a massive sum of money and relocated for the major part of three or four crucial years? Stratford University with 8 campuses in Falls Church, Woodbridge, Richmond, Baltimore, Virginia Beach, Newport & New Delhi situated in Virginia& Maryland, USA and India are authorized by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award Associate, Bachelor's and Master's degrees.
"MAII-Stratford University is the 1st accredited American university where a student can get an accredited American degree in India. We have seven campuses in the U.S. and one in India. This campus is the same as all the others in all aspects," says Philip H. Lundberg, Senior VP & Campus Director, MAII-Stratford University. Modi Academic International Institute(MAII)-Stratford University, New Delhi is a joint venture between Stratford University, USA and the K.K. Modi Group a leader among Indian industries.
Benefits of Foreign Education
Foreign Education leads to internationally recognized qualifications, meaning students can look forward to good career prospects when they return home. It offers a wealth of educational possibilities, so that students can choose a course to meet their career and learning needs. Foreign Education offers a more personalized and independent approach to help students develop intellectual skills needed for the global market. It broadens the view and develops skills for the global economy. "MAII-Stratford University boasts a diverse student population with over 60 percent of its students coming from over 46 countries. This allows them to develop an international business network at the time of their study," says Lundberg.
Studying at Stratford also has its perks as it offers great level of flexibility to its students. Every individual has the opportunity to explore their creativity while meeting university requirements. The course schedules are conveniently flexible and class timings are designed to suit the needs of working professionals, students with alternative careers and housewives. "MAII also offers lateral admissions to students/professionals into its programs. Students can get their credits transferred to Stratford University. The admission process is universal for all campuses which allow students studying in India to be transferred to the U.S. with ease," explains Lundberg.
The experience of the faculty in an institution determines the standard of knowledge that is transferred to its students. MAII's faculty is comprised of the some of the top leaders in business, both in the private and public sectors. All members of the faculty have earned a Master's degree, a Ph.D. or a Doctorate. Lundberg shares, "In addition to holding industry experience, our faculty is comprised of entrepreneurs who run their own business; managers in government; and experts in the field of management and information technology." With their expertise, they are equipped to teach underlying business theories, and are in tune with the skill sets and competencies required in the business community as well as the government market.
"I think we provide one of the finest and most unique university experiences available in India. From our small, highly interactive class size, to our passion to help students develop both a thorough academic foundation and the practical skills needed to excel in the workplace, we teach differently" - Philip H. Lundberg, Senior VP & Campus Director, MAII-Stratford University.
The university also houses state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure to supplement its resources. All classrooms are equipped with computers and are ideal for hands-on lab activities. The students on the campus also have access to a library that holds numerous titles on various disciplines and also access to the British and American library which allows them to expand their avenues for research. Group projects that are imbibed in each course allow students to show that they have mastered material. Group Projects include what the 'real world' is like; whether doing basic science research in a lab, working on a political campaign, producing a computer program, or writing a novel – involves collaborating with others to produce a finished product. "Our classrooms are more like a work environment. The average class consists of 15 students which is a small focused group. Only 25 percent of class time is spent on teaching, rest allocated to projects, studying Harvard case studies, hands on programming. In essence the curriculum is practically focused and great emphasis is laid on communication, presentations, team work which is carried out via group projects solving real world problems that business are facing.
MAII-Stratford University's unique competency-based education provides the skills required by employers. The curriculum emphasizes the development of versatile skills that are essential to achieve organization goals, cross-functional thinking, analytical problem-solving, leadership, team work and communication skills. Through a participative learning environment, students are taught to manage innovation and apply professional skills and knowledge. The methodology puts students in real-life scenarios with stress-free environment, allowing for rapid acquisition of knowledge. It emphasizes skills necessary to align resources, and to improve communication, productivity, and effectiveness.
Being located centrally, MAII-Stratford offers more social and cultural opportunities which are within easy reach like museums, theatres, music spots, clubs, parks, bars and restaurants. Our campus is in close proximity to famous shopping areas and sports clubs. Hospitals and medical facilities are located within half kilometer radii. Opportunities for internships are also plenty on offer as the close proximity of the campus to major business corporations allows it to have exclusive relationships with organizations to the student's avail.
MAII-Stratford University has set a high bar for itself and from its current trajectory; it seems that it would hit the mark as it has been doing since the very start; staying true to its mission to strengthen the student in a holistic manner intellectually, spiritually, physically, and socially combining the best of ancient wisdom with 21st century professional and technical education.
Placements at MAII-Stratford University
The institute has become one of India's leading business schools in a span of 12 years with proper guidance as well with the support of a large number of corporate giants. With their continuously updated industry specific curriculum to nurture 'Industry Ready' managers, the institution can boast of more than 1000 recruiters who participate in campus placement each year. Some of the prominent names are Dell, Samsung, Sapient, LIC, IBM, AVIVA, Sterling, Intel, Nestle, and Wipro among many more.