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IIM-K to sign MOU iwth 10 chinese universities

Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM-K) will soon be signing MOUs with 10 top chinese universities.

india Updated: Oct 30, 2010 16:49 IST

Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM-K) will soon be signing MOUs with 10 top chinese universities.

IIM-K Director Prof Debashis Chatterjee, who recently returned after a four day visit to China, told reporters here IIM-K, which recently signed a tripartite agreement with the Yale university of US, will soon be signing MOUs with 10 Chinese universities.

"We are not only looking at the US, we are also looking at the east", he said. The Institute presently has collaborations with 20-25 foreign universities which is likely to go up to 50 in a year's time, he said.

The tripartite MOU entered between the Yale university, IIM-K and IIT-Kanpur to launch the Yale India Leadership Programme, would expose university and academia leaders in India at the level of Vice chancellors and deans to the best practises of academic instituitonal management in the US, he said.

As per the agreement, two Centres for Excellence in Academic Leadership (CEEAL) would be set up at IIM-K campus and IIT Kanpur for starting a leadership programme to train national and international faculty, Deans, Directors and Vice Chancellors, Prof Debashis said.

"While empahsis is given to analytical skills with global perspective and cross cultural matching of idealogies, business demands make it imperative to grow and foster interantional corproate leaders", he said.

The five year collaboration with Yale university will permit launching of a series of exchange programmes in academic leadership for faculty development and leadership training between Yale and CEEAL. This will aid a leadership programme focussed on VCs, Directors, Deans and current to future Academic leaders in India.

"Most of the those heading accademic institutions do not know how to run the administration, though they may be very good in academics. There is need to give them opportunity to get trained", he said adding the idea is to have two week training to start with.

The MOU, which will come into effect from January one next year, was signed by Dr Richard Levin, President of Yale University, Prof Chatterjee and Dr Sanjay Dhande, Director of IIT Kanpur recently in the persence of HRD Minister, Kapil Sibal.

The MOU will create semless boundaries for higher education and globalise Indian thought leadership while giving leaders an edge in global business, he said. The funding is likely to be from the US President Barack Obama's Obama Knowledge Initiative.

This would be finalised during the visit of President Obama visit to India next month. As per the agreement, the institute will appoint two members to a joint Management committee to sueprvise the collaborative efforts.

The committee would meet when necessary to review progress of implementation of activities, define new areas and programmes of collaboration and other aspects of the MOU like funding issues.

First Published: Oct 30, 2010 16:47 IST