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Michigan Tech Opens Campus in India
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OCTOBER 10, 2003 -- This year, 10 engineering Undergraduates from India are taking classes at Michigan Technological University without benefit of an Upper Peninsula winter, thanks to the university's new branch campus in the New Delhi area.

Indian students can take the first two years of classes needed for their degree at the New Delhi branch and then complete the final two years of their program at Michigan Tech's campus in Houghton.

The program makes Michigan Tech the first American university to offer an accredited undergraduate engineering program in India. The program was recently successfully reviewed by the North Central Association Higher Learning Commission.

The course work is the same at both campuses, and students in New Delhi can enroll in most of MTU's bachelor of science degree programs in engineering, including mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering and materials science and engineering.

For Indian students, the new program offers a Michigan Tech education at a much-more affordable cost. MTU estimates annual expenses for international students at over $26,000. Students attending the New Delhi campus pay about $6,000 in tuition and living expenses, largely because the cost of living in India is much lower than in the U.S.

The university is committed to upholding MTU quality at the new campus, said James P. Cross, MTU's executive director of international education. "Our goal is to create a viable and seamless branch campus offing instruction and academic facilities of equal quality to those offered on the Houghton campus."

The New Delhi campus provides a logistical advantage as well. At a time when the U.S. is placing international students under unprecedented scrutiny, these students can wait two additional years before getting a visa and attaining permission to study in America.

And the new campus benefits Michigan Tech. "It will provide greater diversity, support undergraduate and graduate enrollment goals, generate revenue and increase the international experiences of many in the Michigan Tech community," said Cross. "Plus, it creates an MTU
presence in India, where we have many alumni. Because the campus is located near knowledge and industrial parks, it should also create opportunities for new research and corporate links for the university."

The university projects that about 169 students will eventually be enrolled in the New Delhi campus, with about 90 of them continuing in Houghton. Students unable to continue in Houghton will have the option of completing a university degree in India.

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