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The University signed an agreement leading to an intellectual cooperation and exchange with Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship in Bangalore, India on Feb. 27.
The initial plan for this program is for students from the University to take a two week, four-hour course in India.
Students will stay on campus and spend half of the day in class and the other half visiting companies and city sites.
The course will be taught primarily by an HBU professor but might include guest speakers from India.
XIME, one of the top 25 business schools in India, approached the University with the idea. Since both XIME and the University’s School of Business are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, class credit is easily transferable.
Dr. Mohan Kuruvilla, dean of the School of Business, took advantage of this opportunity and worked to see the program to fruition.
Since XIME is only a business school and does not support other degrees, the program is only available to students in the University’s School of Business.
“It is very important for the business school to have a global presence in terms of student exchanges,” Kuruvilla said. He went on to say that every business, even those that never do any business outside of the country, have global competition.
Dr. Melissa Wiseman, chair of the department of accounting, economics and finance, said this is an exciting time for the school.
“It is an extraordinary opportunity to deal exclusively with another school in another part of the world,” Wiseman said. “Students will gain much more in-depth knowledge than just visiting.”
Junior Katie Clark, management and marketing major, said she is glad the University is offering this opportunity and sees two benefits to this unique experience.
“I think it is a great way to experience a drastically different country’s culture while also improving your business skills with other international professionals,” Clark said.
Though the program is still in its early stages, Kuruvilla said the program should be available in 2014 as a short immersion program. Long term, the University wants to offer a full semester in another country.
The relationship, however, does align with the University as a whole in that it supports one of the Ten Pillars – the Pillar of cultivating a strong global focus.
Kuruvilla said that the experience of interacting with students from another country and gaining a global perspective while in college is highly valuable.