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Tim Gore, Director, CIB, The University of Greenwich

Tim Gore
Director of the Centre for Indian Business
The University of Greenwich

Tim Gore OBE is the founding Director of the Centre for Indian Business, the University of Greenwich. His role is to engage the University of Greenwich's intellectual capital with India and to create sustainable and mutually beneficial partnerships.

Tim has worked closely with educationalists, institutions, companies and governments to improve bilateral and multilateral educational links in Hong Kong, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Jordan and India over a 23 year career. He has led the development of programmes on creativity for professionals with the Singapore Government (CREST); established e-learning and blended learning programmes for Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai; led the establishment of the British University in Dubai; and helped Jordan establish an evaluation framework for its ICT led Jordan Education Initiative. His most recent role was Director, Education at the British Council in India where …

Global Research Centers in India

With the globalization and "flattening" of the Indian economy, more global universities want to be a part of the growth story and integrate it with their academic and research offerings. In addition, they may want to have a local presence to create stronger brand visibility for attracting high potential students and also to test the local market for possible expanded offerings in the future.

Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad was one of the early pioneers of collaborating with the world-class universities. Although, ISB's partnerships focused more on academic rather than research collaborations, it created a new expectations for global collaborations. Following ISB, Yale-Great Lakes Center for Management Research was established in 2005.

Most recently, Monash University from Australia has partnered with IIT-Bombay to setup a high profile research academy on the IIT Campus. This $10 million facility aims to undertake collaborative approach to multidisciplinary rese…

100,000 Indian students contribute Rs.12,500 crores to the US economy

In these times of recession, Indian students contributed Rs.12,500 crores (USD 2.75 billion) to the US economy in the form of tuition and living expenses. To put in perspective, total budget of Indian department of higher education for 2008-09 was 10,800 crores.

India continues to be the leading place of origin for the eighth consecutive year with more than 100,000 students enrolled in the US higher education institutions for the academic year 2008-09, according to the latest report by IIE Open Doors. Every sixth international student enrolled in US higher education institutions is from India. Enrollment of Indian students had been growing at a rate faster than the total enrollment of all international students (see table).

Much of this growth has come from two levels:
1. OPT
2. Undergraduate

3,000 more students enrolled at OPT... Total number of international students enrolled on OPT has increased by 17.3% from 56,766 to 66,601 in 2008-09. This is a result of the new rule issued in Ap…

Excellence in B-Schools

Excerpt from my article published in MBA Review (November 2009).
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Indian higher education is in serious need of regulatory reforms, but I argue that many institutions are also finding excuses in the regulatory structures for ignoring areas which are very well within an institution’s reach. Institutions underestimate the value of students in their reputation building process. Students (and future alumni) are both their product and salesman. Quality of institution is very much judged by the quality of alumni and, hence, institutions should work on not only attracting the best talent, which includes faculty members, but also nurturing them as long-term brand ambassadors.

Excellence is directly related with leadership and leadership cannot be regulated. Hence, institutions which are truly determined to build world-class institutions, would assess, adapt and lead to achieve the goals. Indian B-Schools aspiring to achieve excellence need to make a transition from the ex…

Guru Mantra: Dr. Mitch Leventhal, Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs, SUNY

Dr. Mitch Leventhal
Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs
The State University of New York (SUNY)

Prior to his appointment at SUNY, Dr. Mitch Leventhal served as vice provost for international affairs at the University of Cincinnati, with responsibilities for global strategy, institutional collaboration, international recruitment, and curricular internationalization. Reporting units included UC International Planning, UC International Programs and UC International Services. Dr. Leventhal has extensive international experience across many industry verticals, including shipping, chemicals, finance, insurance, information technology, technology transfer and education. He is widely recognized as a leader in international student recruitment strategy, enterprise-wide data systems, consortium-based initiatives, and public-private partnerships.

Prior positions include founder and president of the Microstate Corporation, adjunct assistant professor of Information Management Systems at The George…

Student Exchanges: Internationalization of B-Schools

A recent story in the New York Times highlights the trend among US business schools to widen the scope of international learning experiences for full time MBA students. Adding international experiences strengthens student learning, expands faculty research and enhances prestige of the institution in an increasing competitive environment.

Even in India, international collaborations are emerging as one major area of pursuit especially among the leading business schools. For example, premier institutions like ISB , IIM-AIIM- B , and MDI have already built extensive student exchange programs.

One of major challenge for Indian institutions face is to convince prospective partners about their ability to deliver quality experience to international students. This challenge seems to be of greater magnitude in attracting the US B-schools as compared to European B-schools.  For example. IIM-A has partnered with only 9 American B-schools as compared to 26 European B-schools. Likewise, for II…

Guru Mantra: Keith Hampson, Director, Ryerson University

Guru Mantra
Dr. Keith Hampson
Director, Digital Education Strategies
Ryerson University
Toronto, Canada

Keith Hampson is Director, Digital Education Strategies at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Prior to entering university management, he was a member of the University Faculty, where he lectured on contemporary media and consumer culture. He has a number of publication credits; most recently as the coauthor of Mastering Digital Research: A Guide for Students (2009). He is founder of LinkedIn’s “Higher Education Management Group” with close to six thousand members.
Dr. Hampson is an experienced higher education consultant who has worked with companies such as Flat World Knowledge, Eduventures, Pearson Education, WebCT, Ninthhouse Communications, Digital Learning Interactive, Nelson Education, The McGraw- Hill Companies, Convergence Management Consultants, Canadian International Development Agency, NEXTMove Communications and has served on the advisory boards of Flat World Knowledge…