Gurugram, June, 2021.
The NorthCap University (NCU) has
joined the Cintana Alliance, a global network of ambitious universities working
together with Arizona State University (ASU) to build and scale high-quality
academic programs that respond to their countries’ economic needs. This
partnership will enable NCU to embrace the Indian Government’s New Education
Policy (NEP) 2020: digital transformation of education, enhanced curricula, new
innovative programs, and expanded research collaborations.
The higher education system in
India is the second largest in the world and is undergoing a transformation as
part of NEP 2020, with an ambitious plan to achieve a Gross Enrollment Ratio
(GER) of 50% by 2035, up from 26.3% in 2018. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a
powerful catalyst of change in an already evolving global education landscape
where technology has become a key enabler. Around the world, students have
benefited from the ability to access high-quality courses designed with a
global outlook while studying in their home countries.
The current competitive
environment also raises the need for students to be well-versed in digital
skills, which have become essential for careers in the 21st-century. NCU's
unique three-pillared partnership with ASU and Cintana Education will benefit
NCU students by empowering them with a global vision, innovative learning
models, and must-have digital skills.
By joining the Alliance and
integrating with ASU, NCU’s curriculum and student learning experiences will
become more global. This will benefit students by giving them a broader and
more well rounded set of skills and perspectives which will increase their
competitiveness and preparedness in their future careers.
Named the most innovative
university in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report for the last six
years, and one of the world's most prestigious universities by Times
Higher Education, ASU is home to the largest engineering college in the
United States. The Master of Global Management at ASU’s Thunderbird School of
Global Management is also ranked first in the Times Higher Education-Wall
Street Journal rankings.
Announcing the partnership, Prof
(Dr.) Milind Padalkar, Pro Chancellor - NCU said, "This year, The NorthCap
University celebrates its silver jubilee anniversary, marking 25 years of
providing high-quality education to its students in India. We are excited to
embark on this new journey with ASU and Cintana. Our strategic three-way
partnership is based on solid collaboration focusing on academics, research,
and digital transformation. The new association will hugely benefit NCU
students, faculty, and the larger innovation ecosystem in India.”
This collaboration will also
benefit the NCU faculty, as it brings them high-quality professional
development programs and opportunities for joint research with ASU and other
partner universities across the globe. In addition, various schools at NCU can
forge deep connections with top-ranked ASU schools such as the Ira A. Fulton
Schools of Engineering, the W. P. Carey School of Business, and ASU’s
Thunderbird School of Global Management.
In addition, NCU will also make
significant investments to create a smart campus powered by a
digitally-enhanced learning environment, which provides an optimal learning
experience, catering to the needs of students and faculty members.
“In many regions of the world, a
quality education is hard to find. Yet, innovative, dynamic, exceptional
education can be a catalyst for the kind of social, economic, and cultural
development that is critical to the future of our global community. As a member
of the Cintana Alliance, NCU will work alongside ASU and other institutions
from around the world as they collectively support students, faculty, and
community development,” said Julia Rosen, Vice President of Global Academic
Initiatives at Arizona State University.
Alliance was established through a partnership between Cintana Education and Arizona
State University. Cintana Alliance members benefit from access to Arizona State
University's resources such as curricula, expertise in digital learning,
insights into how to build world-class research programs, and coordinated
degrees such as pathways and accelerated masters that enable students to earn
an ASU credential or degree. In close collaboration with ASU, Cintana will be
providing NCU with best practices in strategy, technology, and management
through its team of experts who have decades of experience in building
and growing universities around the world.
"We are thrilled to welcome The NorthCap University to the Cintana
Alliance. NCU is a well respected university in Haryana and the National
Capital Region, strategically located in Gurugram. NCU’s ambition to drive
impact through scale and innovation, commitment to high standards, and numerous
accomplishments have greatly impressed us over the last 25 years,” said Douglas
L. Becker, Founder and Chairman of Cintana Education. “Being in the National
Capital Region (NCR) – and specifically in Gurugram – adds to its advantages as
it is one of India's prime locations with the presence of the largest
multinational hubs and startups. It enhances the institution’s expansion
potential, positioning its next chapter as one of growth and innovation.
Through this collaboration, we are excited to bring world-class education to