Swiss Consulate General for South India visits
IIMK Satellite Campus, Kochi

Kochi, March 06, 2013: The Swiss Consulate General for South India, Mr. Rolf Frei, visited the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK) Satellite Campus at Infopark, Kochi, on March 04, 2013. His two days trip to the city is a part of his maiden visit to Kochi. He was welcomed and facilitated on a tour of campus by a team of IIMK faculty members and staff comprising of Prof. C. Raju (Chairman, EPGP), Prof. Abhilash Nair (Faculty in Finance), Col. Cedric Thomas (Academic Administration) and Mr. Bhupesh (Campus Development Officer).

A presentation was made by Prof. Raju highlighting the IIM system with specific focus on IIM Kozhikode. The presentation highlighted that IIMK was the first IIM to collaborate with Yale University to develop a Centre for leadership in Academic Excellence as part of the Obama-Singh Initiative. IIMK is also the first IIM to give credence to gender diversity and champion the role of women in corporate India. The presentation also brought to light IIMK's pioneering effort to create a Museum showcasing Indian Business History. The different programs being offered in the Kochi Satellite campus were discussed. The campus would soon be launching an Executive Post Graduate Program in Management - Part Time (EPGP PT) in April, 2013. This would be followed by a one year full time, residential advanced post graduate program in Management for participants with substantial experience (PGPX). Simultaneously, short duration management development programs (MDPs) would also be offered.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Debashis Chatterjee, Director, IIMK, said, "This is our first step towards becoming a truly global Indian school with the best quality of education available by building bridges to access world class educational offerings". He further adds, "As IIMK aims to work as a catalyst for creating serious academic collaborations with internationally reputed
Institutions for offering high end executive programmes, the visit of Swiss Consulate General to the Kochi campus has given a major fillip to our endeavours.  IIM Kochi is an extension of the aspiration we have created in the Malabar region for a 'Vibrant and Emerging Kerala'.   We realize that the progress of industry is not possible without the educational progress of infrastructure in place".

The presentation was followed by a freewheeling discussion during which Mr. Frei focused on the various facets of Switzerland including its education system and commerce. He spoke on the vocational skill development program offered by the institutions in Switzerland as a public private partnership initiative. He highlighted some interesting details such as about 65 percent of the young people go through the vocational training program to build up their skills. He also spoke on the education system and educational support system that provided thrust garnering the fame by acting as a centre for technological leadership and innovation. Prof. Raju mentioned about the 'Leading Schools' leadership programmes facilitated by Prof. Debashis Chatterjee (Director, IIMK) training Principals and Teachers of schools for transformation of school education which was appreciated by Mr. Frei and he said it is one of the areas of his interest too.

During the discussion, Mr. Frei gave valuable insights on the export industry of Switzerland. "The main export in Switzerland now is coffee in the form of coffee capsules. "We import coffee from all over the world including India and process it to a capsule", said Mr. Rolf Frei. Speaking about the IT parks in Kerala, he added, "Infopark is a great opportunity for the Swiss companies to invest in Kerala".

Finally, the meeting concluded with discussions on the following possible areas of collaboration:

(i) Student exchange programs for students of the Fellow Program, the full time PGP program, the EPGP program and the final idea incubation module of the PGPX program.

(ii) Faculty exchange between different institutions in Switzerland and IIMK

(iii) Possible co branded short and long duration programs.

Mr. Frei, also, highlighted a possible collaboration to train teachers on select aspects of academic leadership.

About Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode

Started in 1997 with its Postgraduate Programme (PGP), the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK), 1st IIM to be accredited by AMBA, is on a high growth trajectory, offering widest range of academic programmes in the field of management education. Spread over about 100 acres of land, the Institute is situated on two hillocks in Kunnamangalam area of ancient city of Calicut in Kerala, is one of the most picturesque oxy-rich campuses in the country, an erudite tem of highly experienced and dedicated faculty coupled with the state-of-art knowledge resources and cutting edge computing & communication infrastructure enables IIMK offer a life time experience to the student as well as the research community.

IIMK pioneered Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) for working executives in India and a leader in Faculty Development Programmes (FDP), recently launched its Kochi campus. IIMK, a socially conscious institute incubated a Centre of Excellence jointly with Government of Kerala, which is one of its kinds in India, to help and nurture the Scheduled Castes/tribes students.

IIMK has now set up a Satellite campus at Infopark dedicated to Executive Education.

Media Contacts

Dr. MG Sreekumar       |     Ms. Meghana Bangalore
Media Relations, IIMK  |    Adfactors PR, Kochi
+91- 9447654066       |    +91-9742660399      |

Source: By E-mail (March 6, 2013)

Published on on March 6, 2013


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