Southfield, Mich. - Lawrence Technological University and the International Institute of Information Technology (I2IT) of Pune, India, will launch a joint two-year master's degree program for automotive engineering in July 2010.
Lawrence Tech President Lewis N. Walker and I2IT Dean Aruna Katara signed a memorandum of understanding last month in Washington, D.C., during a state visit by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
"We are delighted to launch this partnership with one of India's leading universities and further expand international opportunities for our students preparing for leadership in the global economy," Walker said.
Under the agreement, students will study the information technology component of the degree program for nine months at I2IT's campus in Hinjawadi, a suburb of Pune where the rapidly growing Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park is located, and then study the automotive component at Lawrence Tech for 11 months.
The program is expected to start with 15-20 students who have bachelor's degrees in engineering.
Pune is a center for India's growing automotive industry, and Katara sees the master's degree program meeting an important need in that country. "High-end studies in automotive engineering promise to provide a great career scope for students in India as well as the U.S.," she said.
Lawrence Tech and I2IT also agreed to pursue opportunities to jointly offer undergraduate programs in which students can earn bachelor's degrees in engineering or management at both institutions by studying for two or three years at the Indian university and then one or two years at Lawrence Tech.
The two universities will also work on creating joint delivery of master's degree programs in information technology, management and engineering.
The memorandum also provides for summer programs for Indian students at Lawrence Tech, student and faculty exchanges, and joint delivery of professional development courses.
Lawrence Technological University, ltu.edu, offers nearly 100 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.