upGrad, India’s largest online higher education brand announces entry in vernacular higher education program by partnering with one of the oldest and premier Universities of India – Mumbai University thereby further strengthening its presence in the degree market. Mumbai University is launching its two Master of Arts in PR & Communications and Journalism, in online & blended learning format, powered by upGrad. The program content will be available in Hindi and Marathi along with English, a first time-ever for Mumbai university who hadn’t yet gone digital with a Marathi-language program.
What sets the programs apart from their offline counterpart is that both programs offer personalised learning tracks like Job Tracks, Self-Employment Track, and the Competitive Exam Track, that help learners understand their requirements and enrol for the learning track best suited for them, thus breaking the one-size-fits-all learning. The learning modules will include live doubt-solving sessions, discussion forum, career coaching, and a 15-hour per week program structure with live & recorded lectures delivered by the industry leaders & University faculty.
“upGrad, in its strategic collaboration with Mumbai University, is committed to creating a world-class learning experience that will provide learners with the guidance of industry professionals, one-on-one personality development coaching, an opportunity to network with peers online, among others. With an aim to deliver an outcome-oriented learning experience, upGrad is also offering soft skills and aptitude coaching with Interview preparation, resume building, access to job portals with 5000+ opening every month, personalised career advice by industry mentors, free access to upGrad’s Entrepreneurship, and a chance to attain certification from the Government of India’s Start Up India Learning Program,” said Phalgun Kompalli, Co-founder, upGrad.
Both programs (MA in Journalism and MA in PR & Communications) is seeing high intent from Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane regions of Maharashtra. There are special seats reserved for specially-abled learners. The first cohort is scheduled to commence on 31st December.
Arjun Mohan, CEO- India, upGrad said “This collaboration intends to disrupt the educational stereotypes associated with the eLearning model and make prestigious degrees accessible to all along with affordability and flexibility. Through our strategic alliance with Mumbai University, we aim to assist aspiring learners with accurate program guidance, updated academia, and steadfast placement support, thereby contributing towards the government’s mission of doubling the country’s college and university enrolment to reach 50% by 2035.”
Mumbai University is accredited with ‘Five Star’ status by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and is ranked amongst the top 25 universities in India as per the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF 2020) of the Government of India. It also holds 177th rank in Asia and holds a reputation as one of the largest universities in the world in terms of the number of students being enrolled every year.