Showing posts from April, 2010

Five Strategies for Building International Academic Collaborations

Foreign universities set to invade India.” If you are thinking that this is a recent news headline, then you are mistaken. This is from India Abroad article of January 18, 2002. Eight years later there is resurgence of the news about foreign universities entering India in big numbers. However, this time it has a more optimistic undertone and has gained greater attention from foreign higher education institutions and also several corporate houses.

In the US, the Department of Education has funded a program at the Institute of International Education which aims at strengthening academic collaborations between US-India. As a part of this program 10 US institutions have been identified which will participate in a range of training, assessment and strategic planning activities to build partnerships with India. [I am serving on the advisory board of the program].

At the institutional level, student exchange programs had been existing between Indian and foreign universities. However, lately…

Guru Mantra: Dean David Finegold, Rutgers, New Jersey

Prof. David Finegold
Dean, School of Management and Labor Relations
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Prof. David Finegold is Dean of Rutgers’ School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR). He is a leading expert on skill development systems and their relationship to economic performance and corporate governance. His two main current research projects focus on: 1) Skill Development for the 21st Century Workforce – focusing on the rapidly evolving education and training system of India and China, and 2) Building Sustainable Organizations – focusing on governance of capitalism in the global economy and the emergence of alternative organizational forms to the for-profit public corporation. He is the author of more than 80 journal articles and book chapters and has written or edited six books, including Are Skills the Answer? (with Colin Crouch and Mari Sako), Corporate Boards: Adding Value at the Top (with Jay Conger and Ed Lawler) and BioIndustry Ethics (Elsevier Academic Pres…

World Class Universities in India: Published in EDU

My article on world-class universities was published in the March issue of EDU magazine.

The trend of creating of world-class universities in India has gained momentum from several corporate leaders including, Anil Agarwal, Mukesh Ambani,Azim Premji and Shiv Nadar. While recent initiatives to create world-class universities are in the right direction, they need to be executed by a deeper understanding of the unique challenges and context of building world-class universities. This would aid in efficient prioritization and utilization of resources and help realize the full potential of the initiatives and visions.

- Dr. Rahul Choudaha