Berkeley College Graduate Studies Newsletter

October 2015

Meet the Faculty: Vinita Ittoop, Ph.D.

Berkeley College Professor Vinita Ittoop

Vinita Ittoop, Ph.D., currently teaches the graduate-level course Managerial Economics for Business Decision Making.

Vinita Ittoop, Ph.D., joined the Berkeley College faculty in 2008 with more than 20 years of business experience. In 2011, Dr. Ittoop was appointed Director of the Center for Global Studies. She is now a senior member of the Berkeley College faculty, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. Dr. Ittoop served on the Berkeley College accreditation team for the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Management program, and was involved in the admissions process for selecting the first cohort of students.

Dr. Ittoop has extensive international business experience in large corporations including AT&T, SunGard and Citicorp. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in International Economics from Columbia University, NY; an M.S. in Quantitative Methods from the Stern School of Business, New York University, NY; and a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Talladega College, AL.

Dr. Ittoop currently teaches the graduate-level course Managerial Economics for Business Decision Making, and recently shared her thoughts on the M.B.A. program:

What makes the Berkeley College M.B.A. program unique?

I had the amazing opportunity to be a part of the curriculum development team, so I know this program is special. We have created a collective learning experience between the students and faculty. This team approach creates a powerful partnership where students own their learning, and become active participants in their success.

Graduate students at Berkeley College benefit from the extensive business experience of the faculty, and the varied experiences of their fellow students. Our goal is to use best practices and current methodology of teaching to advance our students to the next level in their careers.

Do you have advice for students on how to be successful in the M.B.A. program?

The global business marketplace is constantly changing. A degree, even an advanced degree, is only the starting point in success. Students must use the knowledge they learn in the classroom, and apply it to the real world. The materials presented in class help students develop critical thinking skills with practical application to their current and future jobs.

Students need to work hard and stay engaged in their learning. The role of the faculty is to mentor and provide students with a framework for learning. The role of the student is to extract knowledge from the materials and apply it to their professional work.

What has impressed you about the current cohort of M.B.A. students?

Our students are engaged and excited to learn. Because many are Berkeley College alumni, they know what to expect, and how to use the Berkeley College experience to their advantage. Students have high expectations of the faculty, and we have high expectations of them. I feel privileged to be a part of this exciting time in their lives.