NIIT Expands its Presence in China Through Strategic Partnerships

Dated: May 26, 2016

NIIT, a global leader in skills and talent development, has entered into two strategic agreements in China - with Guiyang Municipal Government and Guizhou Professional College of Electronics in Gui'An New District, to develop a pool of next generation IT professionals in Big Data and Analytics. Through these partnerships NIIT aims to develop the Human Capital in line with China's vision to promote Guizhou province as the hub of Big Data industry in China and the world.

Under the agreement with Guiyang Municipal Government, NIIT will establish a training base in public-private partnership model with Guiyang government to conduct IT and Big Data training for university graduates, working professionals and government employees in Guizhou province. Additionally, NIIT and Guiyang government will establish a Big Data Talent Research Center in Guiyang to enhance innovation and research for scalable talent development methods for IT and Big Data in China. The agreement was signed by Mr. Kamal Dhuper, Country Head, NIIT China and Mr. Xu Hao, Vice Mayor of Guiyang Municipal Government. Mr. Rahul Patwardhan, CEO, NIIT Ltd and Mr. Chen Gang, Party Secretary of Guiyang city witnessed the agreement signing ceremony and also spoke extensively at the side lines of Big Data Expo 2016. Mr. Patwardhan had presented the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the Expo that was attended by Chinese premier Mr. Li Keqiang on May 25th, 2016.

Today, the world has entered the era of intelligent big-data economy (IBE). An economy in which the four previous productive sectors of agriculture, manufacturing, services and non-intelligent software services, are simultaneously being disrupted by the power of real-time massively-connected big-data intelligence (RMBI). Hence to ensure the continued fast growth towards developed high income country status and become the economical as well as technological powerhouse of the world for the next 100 years, it is imperative for China to adopt the next large emerging economic sector - IBE.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Rahul Patwardhan CEO, NIIT Ltd, said, "NIIT pioneered the category of IT training in China in the late nineties with a vision to create a manpower pool, to empower the IT industry in the country. With our keen understanding of the changing skills requirement of the industry, NIIT is committed to support China in its human capacity building initiative. By entering into partnerships with Guizhou Electronics College in Gui'An New District and Guiyang Municipal Government we reiterate our commitment to create a talent pool armed with futuristic skill-sets aligned to the requirements of the IT industry."

NIIT in China works through a very unique model called the "NIIT Inside model". Under this model NIIT programs are embedded in University/College IT curriculum. Students may undergo a 4-year Bachelor Degree program or a 3-year Associate Degree program post 12th grade in Information Technology. Currently, NIIT curriculum is embedded into both these programs across multiple Universities and Colleges in China. While the University system continues to teach the rest of the subjects that a student undergoes such as Chinese language, science etc. to obtain a Bachelor Degree, the IT portion is completely from NIIT. The students get the degree or the associate degree from the University/Government and also receive a certificate from NIIT.

Mr. Prakash Menon, President, Global Skills and Careers Group, NIIT Ltd, said, "As the need for analysing huge volumes of data presents immense opportunity for businesses today, there is a growing demand globally for analytics professionals to power the Big Data industry. Through these strategic partnerships we aim to deliver the best of IT training and help to accelerate new-age career opportunities for the Chinese students." 

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