Birla Institute Flourishing in RAK FTZ’s Academic Zone
Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi (BIT) has been providing higher technical education to students for more than five decades. Established in 1955, it is one of the premier engineering educational destinations in India, expanding across disciplines and programmes as well as geographic boundaries.
Birla has established effective tie-ups with leading universities in the UK, USA and Canada in order to create a world-class network of professional education. To further its mission of spreading higher technical education around the world, the institute has established seven off-campus locations in India, and two offshore campuses in the GCC. One of them is in Oman, and the other is in Ras Al Khaimah.
Birla Institute of Technology Offshore Campus RAK is one of the Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone’s (RAK FTZ’s) registered universities and institutes. BIT Offshore Campus RAK came to RAK FTZ in the year 2005, as part of a strategic partnership with the globally renowned organisation, CORE International Institute of Higher Education, (CIIHE) FZE.
The Institute operates in the RAK FTZ Academic Zone, where the campus sprawls over four acres with state-of-the-art facilities. Currently, it is equipped to accommodate over 600 students.
Birla chose to operate its offshore campus in RAK FTZ, a cost-effective gateway to global markets with over 7,500 international companies, because of the free zone’s business-friendly policies and practices for educational institutes and universities. RAK FTZ’s Academic Zone is specifically tailored to educational institutions.
“Our experience of dealing with RAK FTZ is wonderful, especially since a separate office of Academic Zone Manager has been created,” said Velanand Sadras Ramanandam, Director of Institutional Development at BIT.
BIT has consistently ranked among the top ten technical universities in India. The Institute offers a dual degree with Queen’s University, Kingston for students pursuing Bachelor of Technology programmes. The Birla centre at Ras Al Khaimah offers both undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in Engineering & Technology, as well as Architecture and Business Management & Accounting.
The Institute had 32 faculty and 23 staff members when it first came to RAK. Currently, 40 faculty and 22 staff members are serving in various departments and disciplines.
There are 150 to 200 student enrolments every year across various programmes in Architecture, Engineering, Management and Accounting courses. Currently about 100 students graduate every year from the campus.
Peter J Fort, CEO of RAK FTZ, was the keynote speaker at BIT’s graduation in March.
“Over the years, the Birla Institute of Technology has expanded geographically, in India and throughout the Middle East, by establishing extension centres that mirror the parent university in terms of the quality and scope of academic programmes that it offers,” Mr Fort said during his speech to the graduates. “Birla is the perfect example of what Indian educational institutions are doing to help students develop in the country or region that they currently call home.”