Saturday, September 23, 2006

XLRI looks to tie-up with Victoria, Shanghai University

The Economic Times today. reports :

XLRI looks to tie up with Victoria, Shanghai universities


KOLKATA: XLRI Jamshedpur has initialised talks with Australia’s Victoria University and the Shanghai University to forge educational partnerships. While the former tie-up is expected to fall into place by January, the latter is likely to be finalised by October.

Father N Casimir Raj, SJ, director, XLRI, told ET, “The Shanghai University has shown keenness to tie up with us, especially for our input in the areas of research and HR. They, on their part, are strong in production, which we hope to benefit from.”

Father Raj indicated that the partnership with the Victoria University would be at different levels, though exact modalities are yet to be finalised. Victoria University has over a hundred academic exchange agreements with overseas institutes.

“Many companies want us to conduct courses for their employees, especially in terms of global management programmes, and Victoria University and XLRI will be collaborating in this regard. We are trying to work out the possibilities of these students getting industry exposure in both the countries,” said the director.

As of now, XLRI has existing tie-ups with the Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Malarden University, Sweden and the Asian University, Bangkok. “We hope to benefit from more such tie-ups in the future,” said Father Raj.

In fact, such educational partnerships with overseas institutes have by now become par for the course at most of India’s leading B-schools, in particular the IIMs.

The faculty and student exchanges, field trips and internships overseas facilitated through these tie-ups give students the required exposure to forge international careers, and even get first-hand global perspective.

Thanks Mohit for alerting us.

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