Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), an IET accredited institute, signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with three leading UK universities - University of Kingston, Lancaster and Sheffield Hallam, in ceremonies that took place in respective campuses in the UK, in May 2018. The series of collaborations were facilitated by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, as part of its remit of improving the quality of engineering education in India. Professor Sasmita Samanta, Registrar, KIIT inked the MoUs with Ron Tuninga, Pro Vice-Chancellor International at Kingston University, Steve Bradley, Pro-Vice Chancellor, International at Lancaster University and Prof Roger Eccleston, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam University.

The partnerships will facilitate exchange of ideas, collaborative research, dual degree programmes, and faculty/student exchange programmes between the universities. The collaborations mark the beginning of new international relationships for KIIT with these leading international universities and will help strengthen and promote educational cooperation as well as encourage cross-country learning.

KIIT gained IET accreditation for its engineering courses in 2017, and these global collaborations are part of the long-term development plans that the IET co-creates with its partner institutions.

Shekhar Sanyal, Director and Country Head, IET India said, “The IET is working closely with academic institutions in India towards helping them gain international quality benchmarks.

We believe that this requires sustained and focused efforts and is always a Work In progress and goes on even after an institution has attained the certificate of accreditation from us. Sheffield Hallam, Lancaster and Kingston are globally respected institutions and we at the IET, believe that these collaborations present a world of opportunities for both KIIT and these universities to do great work in the future and we are happy to have been a catalyst in this process.”

On inking the MoU Prof Sasmita Samanta, Registrar, KIIT said, “We’re are delighted with the level of opportunity that the IET accreditation has brought. The breadth of this agreement is a testament to the benefit it will bring to both institutions. I am glad that our faculties and students will have the chance to work with University of Kingston, Lancaster and, Sheffield Hallam and look forward to welcoming their students to our KIIT campus.”

KIIT applied for the IET Accreditation in the beginning of 2014 and all of their BTech programmes – Electronics and Communications, Electrical and Electronics, Computer Science, Information Technology and Mechanical Engineering and was awarded the certificate of accreditation in September 2017.

The IET has always focused on helping partners attain international benchmarks for higher education programmes that meet the educational requirements of the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) as outlined in the Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes now in its third edition (AHEP3).

Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), founded by Dr. Achyuta Samanta, is a multi-disciplinary university. There are 28 constituent schools, contiguously located in impeccably landscaped and modern-technology enabled campuses offering graduate, postgraduate, doctoral and post-doctoral programmes in a wide range of disciplines. The institute's solemn academic ambiance has led to the grant of A category status to it by the Ministry of HRD, Govt of India. The university is not only accredited by NAAC in UGC but is amongst the few in India to receive a Tier 1 (Washington Accord) accreditation by NBA of AICTE for engineering streams and the IET accreditation.

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