US - India Educational Foundation (USIEF)
visits IIMK Satellite Campus, Kochi

* 12 US University Key Decision Makers visit IIMK Kochi Satellite Campus
* The possible collaborations will facilitate exchange programmes for American students in India & faculty, framing and delivery of curricula by a consortium of Universities

Kochi, 20th March, 2013: India Institute of Management (IIMK) hosted 12 US University administrators brought by US- India Educational Foundation (USIEF) at their Satellite Campus in Kochi on March 19, 2013. US Universities aspire to strengthen relationship with Indian Institutes to expand educational ties with India.

The dignitaries were addressed by IIMK faculty members, Prof. Raju and Prof. Shubhasis Dey, about the Indian Higher Education System and opportunities for US-India Higher Education Co-operation in a meeting held at Hotel Taj Malabar, Kochi on March 18, 2013. Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Raju, briefed the dignitaries on the Institute's establishment and presented the different arenas of collaborations such as student exchange programmes in associated subjects of IIMK, research collaboration, teacher exchange programmes etc. He also spoke about issues and solutions present in such internationalization of higher education. Prof. Shubhasis Dey, emphasized how India & US can benefit from each other in various domains. He also presented how Kerala is not plagued by concerns of security, infrastructure, and accessibility. Foreign students can also earn credits by associating with IIMK's involvement in social projects during the exchange programmes. Shri Sreenivasan, Former Ambassador, permanent representative of India in UN and current Vice Chairman of Higher Education Council, State of Kerala addressed some questions on internationalization of higher education before elaborating on the state of higher education in India and Kerala.

Prof. Raju guided the dignitaries through the IIMK Satellite campus property. The dignitaries lauded the state-of-the-art facilities of the Satellite campus and enquired about admissions of international students in the executive programmes.

The convoy of these 12 US Universities mainly included decision makers in their Institutes, who visited Delhi, Mumbai and Kochi as part of their India tour from March 9 to 24, 2013 The team envisions learning about policies, planning and administration of higher education in India by visiting various Central Universities, affiliated colleges and non-Governmental organizations in order to interact with higher education administrators, teachers, students and policy planners.

Prof. Debashis Chatterjee, Director, IIMK, said, "As the country is working towards liberalizing the Indian education system, IIMK aims to work as a catalyst for creating serious academic collaborations with Institutions of international repute. This will help in our endeavour to Globalize Indian thought leadership."

The possible collaborations include exchange programmes for American students in India, faculty, framing and delivery of curricula by a consortium of Universities etc. For example, one such outstanding exchange opportunities offered to Indian citizens by USIEF is 'The Fulbright Nehru International Education Administrators program' which aims to provide US Higher Education Administrators first-hand knowledge of the higher education sector in India to enable informed decisions with regard to potential academic and institutional collaborations in India.

About Indian Institute of Management, Kochi Satellite Campus

IIMK Kochi Satellite campus at Infopark was inaugurated in 2012 with its first batch starting in April 2013. This campus is planned to focus on executive education. As the only IIM in the country having an internationally accredited Executive Management Education Programme caters to the requirements of executives working in the emerging metros of Kochi, Trivandrum, Coimbatore etc. Full time and part time programmes in addition to short duration executive training programmes targeted at middle and senior level executives are available to upgrade their managerial skills

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
Media Relations, IIMK
+91- 9447654066

Source: By E-mail (March 20, 2013)

Published on on March 20, 2013


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