Release Date: February 9, 2009
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo School of Management, in conjunction with Amrita University in Bangalore, has graduated 54 students in India from the inaugural Master of Science in Management of Information Technology and Information Technology Enabled Services (MITES) program.
UB President John Simpson and Provost Satish Tripathi joined School of Management Dean Arjang Assad and other UB officials and faculty in India for the commencement ceremony on Feb. 7 at the Bangalore campus of Amrita University.
The graduates will help fill the emerging need for highly trained managers in information technology services. This rapidly growing sector of India’s economy includes services such as claims processing, medical transcription, accounting and data processing.
The 31-credit MITES program is a specialized degree that is unique among Indian educational offerings. While several universities in India offer general management degrees, no other degree program is specifically focused on the management of IT services firms.
“In addition to content related to IT services management, students receive solid grounding in key functional areas of management, such as finance and accounting,” Assad said. “Plus, they develop skills in leadership, communication and strategic thinking.”
Classes are taught on weekends by UB School of Management faculty in collaboration with the Amrita faculty.
Beginning with the second class, the program has been re-designated as the Master of Science in Information Technology Services (MITS) to better reflect the scope and purpose of the program. The second (MITS) class began in August 2008, and recruitment is under way for the August 2009 class.
The Wall Street Journal has ranked the UB School of Management No. 9 in the nation among schools with strong regional recruiting bases. In addition, BusinessWeek has ranked the school as one of the country's top 5 business schools for the fastest return on MBA investment, and Forbes cited it as one of the best business schools in the U.S. for the return on investment it provides MBA graduates. For more information about the UB School of Management, visit mgt.buffalo.edu.
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