WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group) is a renowned academic department of the University of Warwick, one of the UK’s leading universities for teaching and research with an outstanding global reputation, and announced as University of the Year 2015 by the Times and Sunday Times newspapers.
Professor Sujit Banerji, Executive Director of Education at WMG, spoke to us about WMG and its development over the last 35 years.
1. What is WMG?
A: WMG was founded at Warwick by Professor Lord Bhattacharyya in 1980 as an intermediary institute to provide a working link between academia and industry. Today we are one of the world’s leading research and education groups – an international role model for how universities and business can successfully work together. On the education side, we have a large offering including undergraduate, postgraduate, professional and executive and overseas programmes. Our largest offering is our suite of Masters’ programmes. We have 12 first class MSc courses with a Management focus for students and professionals looking to take a leading role within technology-led industries. Our students come from a variety of academic backgrounds including engineering, IT, business, science and social studies. Our innovative teaching methodology and structure ensure students engage actively intheir studies.
2. What is your role at WMG?
A: WMG has two main purposes; Research and Education. I have overall responsibility for the education programmes including the full-time Masters Programmes and Professional and Executive Education here at Warwick, as well as our Overseas Programmes delivered at our collaborative teaching centres across the world. To accommodate the needs of business, we have part-time MSc courses for professionals and bespoke programmes tailor made for companies throughout the UK and globally.
3. What have been WMG’s most recent important achievements?
A: There are so many achievements I could talk about! I believe that the growth of WMG over just 35 years and its continual development and global reach is a reflection of the department’s significance, competencies and ability to impact on industry and academia.
On the education side, we have an expanding and highly relevant portfolio of Master’s Programmes from Cyber Security, through to Engineering Business Management, Project Management, Service Management and International Trade. This year we welcomed 760 full-time students from 61 different countries, making us the largest provider of technology management Masters programmes in the UK. Many of our students publish papers and present at international conferences – WMG helps them on their way to excellent career paths.
There have also been spectacular developments on the research side. WMG has an annual programme of over £180 million in funding and contributions. Last year we opened the International Institute of Nanocomposites Manufacturing – the first of its kind in the world. The Energy Innovation Centre at WMG is the largest in Europe, the International Institution for Product and Service Innovation provides vital support to SMEs, and just last month, the foundation stone of the £150million National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) was unveiled by Ratan Tata (Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons) and Cyrus P. Mistry (Chairman of Tata Group) where the next generation of environmentally sound cars will be developed through multi-partner R&D.
4. You spent many years with IBM, how does your experience within a company like that help you to nurture future Engineers?
A: WMG is different because we are an education partnership with industry offering a practical applications orientated approach. Industry experience is of paramount importance for all of our lecturers. We work with companies in terms of creating innovative collaborations and solutions. I am of course able to bring all of my experience and understanding of being in a senior position at a large global corporation to WMG. I was recruited by WMG after I had retired.
5. There are a range of Masters Courses’ that can be undertaken at the institution, what advice would you give to a prospective students looking to attend WMG?
A: We currently offer 12 MSc Programmes. Prospective students should consider their medium-long term career goals and select the appropriate programme to help achieve these. Focus, vision and motivation are important and the Masters programmes can be excellent ‘door-openers’ for a chosen career path as well as a strong research grounding for future PhD studies.
6. You have collaborative teaching centres in eight different countries, how can students experience everything that WMG has to offer?
A: The academic content and delivery is the same for all our MSc programmes whether taught on the Warwick campus or overseas. The difference comes in terms of the local companies operating within these locations and the different experiences these provide. The overseas centres provide the opportunity for working professionals in those countries to study our programmes without having to leave their jobs. Students studying on the full-time programmes at Warwick benefit from the whole university campus and UK experience and, very importantly, the international diversity this offers. With so many students from different countries working actively together on team based challenges, students coming to Warwick are very well prepared for the global business environment.
MSc Full Time Degrees
WMG offers a wide range of full time Masters Degrees:
-Cyber Security and Management
-Engineering Business Management
-Innovation and Entrepreneurship
-International Technology Management
-International Trade, Strategy and Operations
-Management for Business Excellence
-Manufacturing Systems Engineering
-Process Industry Business Management
-Program and Project Management
-Service Management and Design
-Supply Chain and Logistics Management
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