As India emerges a global education market, the University of
Southern California (USC) is offering a new doctorate course aimed
at professionals in the field of education.
The programme, being launched by USC Rossier School of Education,
is a doctorate in education (Ed.D.) aimed at working professionals
aspiring to be high-level practitioners in the field.
"The highlight of the programme is it will be training
professionals in global education with a focus on making global
leaders in the field of education," elaborates Mike Diamond,
professor in the USC Rossier School of Education.
Diamond was in India along with Dominic Brewer, Rossier vice dean
for partnership and research, to talk with prospective candidates
for the new Global Executive Ed.D. programme.
The university is also setting up an office in Mumbai.
"It will be on the lines of MBA (master of business
administration) programmes," he says.
Unlike the traditional Ph.D., which is for students planning to go
into professional teaching, this course is for professionals.
Around 25 people will be chosen for the course from around the
world, of which three to four will be from India.
"An Ed.D. is a professional doctorate aimed at working
professionals aspiring to be high level practitioners in education
as opposed to a Ph.D. which is aimed at individuals aspiring to be
future academics," says Diamond.
"We have interest in establishing relations with countries in the
Pacific rim and India," he says.
"India is a major country with tremendous education needs and a
huge education market. Students from the US and India can work
together and solve many problems education is facing," he says.
"The idea is to focus on global issues and not just country
specific issues," he says.
Diamond adds that the University of Southern California already
has a large number of Indian students, with courses in
engineering, technology and business being the most popular
"The school of engineering is our most established programme, a
number of our students come from India," he says.
Indian students make the second largest group of foreign students
in the US after China, consisting of almost 14 percent of foreign
students, according to the Open Doors Report.
The report also revealed that a small one percent fall in the
number of students going to US was registered in 2011. In 2010-11,
103,895 Indian students took admission in US universities, while
the number was 104,897 in 2009-10, marking the first such decline