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Expanding Partnerships & Growing the ITU Brand

Spring 2016: Update from the President

After signing the Memorandum of Understanding with the BANGE delegation, January 2016

After signing the Memorandum of Understanding with the BANGE delegation, January 2016

Everyone involved in ITU’s growth is part of something truly special; we are a university that connects industry to education and experts from Silicon Valley to its future leaders. In the last few months, we developed several partnerships with local and international institutions. We also received approval from WASC and BPPE for our new Master of Science in Computer Science program.

The Summer and Fall 2015 Trimesters held exciting initiatives for students and professionals in the local area. We launched a 25% tuition reduction program for all full-time staff of companies that are members of the San Jose Chamber of Commerce. We also launched our Open Campus program, which allows students of any educational background to enroll in an ITU course and develop their skills without committing to a full Master’s program. We believe these initiatives will allow members of the local community the chance to explore ITU’s great course offerings.

Additionally, we partnered with the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Silicon Valley Section on a new training program designed to help students gain insight into project management and quality assurance. The ASQ is a prestigious organization that offers coursework and certification in a variety of areas in management and software development. This partnership reinforces our growing reputation of excellence in the community.

We continued building our presence in Silicon Valley in Fall 2015 with an initiative that allows students who are receiving educational tuition assistance from their employers to defer payment until the end of the trimester. The Employer Tuition Reimbursement Deferred Payment Plan makes ITU an ideal option for students looking to study current technologies and gain additional skills for their careers. Many companies are encouraging employees to learn about the latest technology by going back to school. ITU’s industry-linked faculty and hands-on approach make it a perfect fit for working professionals interested in doing just that.

While expanding our partnerships was a key strategic focus last trimester, there were also plenty of positive developments on campus too. I was delighted to welcome our new Registrar, Nancy Jo Black, to ITU in Fall 2015. I was also happy to see the first Career Fair at our new campus and watch our students make industry connections of their own. We had the chance to host a reception for a number of our students’ internship providers on campus around the same time and look forward to a long, productive relationship every one of them. Internships are a key part of the ITU educational experience, and we are resolute in our efforts to connect with these companies that provide a valuable learning opportunity for our students.

In Fall 2015, we also strengthened our presence in China through partnerships with some of the top universities in China. A delegation from the Beijing Association of Non-Government Education (BANGE) visited campus in January 2016 and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ITU to partner on the new 3+1+1 program. In October 2015, ITU leadership visited Nanjing Institute of Industry Technology’s (NIIT) campus in Nanjing, which was followed up in December 2015, when representatives from NIIT visited ITU to learn about the University’s programs, faculty, and student life. These partnerships will be fundamental in establishing ITU’s presence in Asia.

In addition to these partnerships and campus events, I’ve had the privilege of teaching some of our new students during the Spring 2015 trimester and was deeply impressed by their intelligence, enthusiasm, and experience. I have no doubt they will be great additions to the ITU community, as the university continues to grow over the coming months. We are thrilled with ITU’s progress, thus far, and anticipate many opportunities to come.


Gregory O’Brien, Ph.D.
President of ITU

Last modified: March 1, 2016