Veranda Learning Solutions, a listed enterprise offering end-to-end solutions in education, has announced a strategic partnership with the Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech), Chicago’s sole technology-focused university that is dedicated to advancing technology and innovation and is renowned for its commitment to hands-on learning and outcomes for graduates.
According to an official statement, this partnership aims to enhance the educational offerings in information technology and K-12 dual credit programmes, providing students with unprecedented access to cutting-edge courses and facilitating a smooth path to higher education. Technology courses will be offered through Veranda subsidiary Edureka, and Veranda K–12 will provide the dual credit programme.
Through this collaboration, Illinois Tech, which has been ranked #1 in Illinois, #23 in the United States, and #16 in the world for Salary Impact among graduates by the Wall Street Journal, expands its global footprint. Veranda Learning, with nearly 200 centres across India, and Edureka, with over 70 centres, are well positioned to disseminate Illinois Tech’s cutting-edge curriculum to a large pool of over 75,000 students each year.
Speaking on the association with Veranda Learning, Mallik Sundharam, Illinois Tech’s Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, said:
At Illinois Tech, we are committed to expanding access, providing experiential multi-disciplinary education and fostering innovation for all. This partnership with Veranda Learning allows us to extend our reach and impact by making our courses accessible to a global audience.
In the realm of information technology, Edureka, a Veranda Enterprise specializing in upskilling, and Illinois Tech are set to launch a series of courses, including the highly anticipated Data Engineering program, targeting life-long learners, particularly career changers and career growers. This initiative leverages Illinois Tech’s renowned faculty and Edureka’s expertise in online learning to engage students in acquiring stackable credentials that lead to credits for higher education, combining theoretical knowledge with the practical skills essential for them to thrive in a rapidly evolving information technology market.
In the K-12 Dual Credit programmes, this joint effort provides students in grades 8-12 with valuable foundational knowledge. It enables students to earn credits that can be used to further their education at international universities. This unique approach bridges the gap between secondary and tertiary education, preparing students for a smooth transition to the global academic arena.
Executive Director & Chairman of Veranda Learning, Suresh Kalpathi, stated:
We are delighted to join hands with Illinois Institute of Technology to deliver high-quality education in information technology and K–12 programmes. Through this partnership, we are excited to reemphasize our commitment to bringing affordable and quality education to the students—extending by bringing international education to our Indian students.
Illinois Tech began operations in the global metropolis of Chicago to liberate the power of collective difference to advance technology and innovation for all. It is the city’s only tech-focused university and stands at the crossroads of exploration and invention, going Chicago’s and the world’s future. Engineering, computing, architecture, business, design, science and human sciences, and law are all available as undergraduate and graduate degrees. The university’s one-of-a-kind Elevate programme guarantees students access to hands-on experiences, personalized mentorship, and job readiness.
Vineet Chaturvedi, CEO of Edureka, also shared his thoughts on the collaboration:
The partnership with Illinois Tech is a significant milestone for Edureka. It enhances the quality of our course offerings and underscores our commitment to providing learners with access to world-class education. This collaboration will open new avenues for learners, empowering them to succeed in the ever-evolving field of Information Technology.
Veranda Learning Solutions, established in 2018 by the Kalpathi AGS Group, provides a variety of training programmes for competitive exam preparation, including State Public Service Commission, Banking, Insurance, Railways, IAS, and CA, as well as a variety of professional skilling and upskilling programmes. J. K. Shah Classes, India’s premier CA test preparation institute, helped the company enter high-demand financial courses such as Chartered Accountancy. The platform combines technology, processes, and methodologies to provide learners nationwide with high-quality, in-depth, personalized learning opportunities and content. It also offers services through a host of brands: Veranda RACE, Veranda IAS, Edureka, Six Phrase, Veranda HigherEd, Edureka Learning Centre, SmartBridge, BAssure Solutions, Talent Academy and Publications, Sreedhar’s CCE, Educare Infra and PHIRE.