Showing posts from July, 2010

Guru Mantra: Dan LeClair, Vice President, AACSB International

Dr. Dan LeClair
Vice President and Chief Knowledge Officer
AACSB International

As vice president and chief knowledge officer of AACSB International (AACSB), Dan LeClair is responsible for AACSB’s efforts to advance quality management education worldwide through thought leadership. He was the principal architect of Knowledge Services, which assists business school leaders to plan and make decisions using comparable data and information about trends and effective practices. Dan leads the research teams of AACSB and the Global Foundation for Management Education, a think tank joint venture of AACSB and the European Foundation for Management Development. He has served on numerous industry-wide committees and task forces (for organizations such as GMAC®, EMBA Council, and Aspen Institute Business & Society Program) and is an internationally recognized expert, author, and frequent presenter on business education topics. Prior to joining AACSB, Dan was an associate professor in The Univers…

Crisis of Professionalism in Indian Higher Education

Indian higher education is facing a serious crisis of professionalism. We have already heard stories of corruption at regulatory bodies and institutional misrepresentation. More recently, trends of expansion without the emphasis on quality and transparency is resulting in unhealthy and unprofessional competition among institution. 

This competition is intense among new and bottom-half of the institution in career-oriented fields like medicine, engineering and management. Inspired by other institutions, many new institutions have started in last five years with the expectation of making significant surplus. However, since they were late entrants, many of them are struggling to achieve full enrollment. Also, these recent entrants do not have huge investment capacities and hence they are trying to find short-cuts by engaging in unscruplous recruitment activities.

In the last couple of months, at least three reports of unprofessional recruitment activities emerged:

First, AajTak televis…

Guru Mantra: Anthony Marsella, Lancaster University

Dr. Anthony Marsella
Director of Marketing and External Affairs
Lancaster University, UK

Dr. Anthony Marsella is the Director of Marketing and External Affairs at Lancaster University. He is responsible for marketing, communications, admissions, recruitment, alumni relations and leading international business income growth. He is also Chairman of and a Council Member of the Gerson Lehrman Group. Previously, Mr. Marsella was the Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager, B2B Sales at Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland where he was responsible for marketing of Consumer Electronics, Mobile Telecommunication devices and IT. While at Samsung he achieved brand leadership and an annual sales growth of 26% in the recession. Prior to that, he was at Marketing Director at IBM, where he had wide-ranging responsibilities from defining leading IBM Global Services marketing and building direct channel capabilities ( 

Anthony Marsella is a graduate of Strasbourg, Imperial Col…

Guru Mantra: Maggie Johnson, Education & University Relations, Google

Successful models of university-industry relations are very important in aligning competencies, fostering innovation and funding research. This week Dr. Maggie Johnson shares some of the initiatives at Google. Also see earlier interviews with Dr. Jim Spohrer, Director, University Relations, IBM and Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, CEO, Zensar.
- Dr. Rahul Choudaha

Dr. Maggie Johnson
Director of Education and University Relations

Maggie Johnson is Director of Education and University Relations for Google. She manages all technical training and leadership development programs for Google engineers and operations staff, as well as Google’s educational outreach efforts. She also manages the university relations area, building strategic partnerships with faculty and labs globally. Prior to Google, Maggie was a faculty member and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University.

Rahul- What excites you about your role as the Director of Education an…

Guru Mantra: Rajeev Shorey, NIIT University

Prof. Rajeev Shorey
President, NIIT University

Dr. Shorey received his Ph.D and MS (Engg) in Electrical Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India in 1997 and 1991 respectively. He received his B.E degree in Computer Science and Engineering from IISc, Bangalore in 1987.

Prior to joining NIIT University, Dr. Shorey was in General Motors India Science Laboratory (ISL), Bangalore. He was the Lab Group Manager of the Vehicle Communications and Information Management Group at GM ISL. Prior to joining GM Research, Dr. Shorey was a Research Staff Member at the IBM Research Laboratory, New Delhi from 1998 to 2005. From 1996 to 1998, Dr. Shorey was at SASKEN Technologies, Bangalore as a Project Lead of the Wireless Systems group. Dr. Shorey was an adjunct faculty in the Computer Science Dept at IIT, Delhi from 1998 to 2005. He was a faculty in the Computer Science Dept at the National University of Singapore from 2003 to 2004, while on leave from IBM …

Update on Foreign Universities Bill 2010

InsideHigherEd ran a story on the developments with foreign universities bill in India. I was quoted in the story about the co-existence of both poor and good quality foreign collaborations outside regulatory system. I believe that the intention and timing of the bill is good as it attempts to clarify the country’s policy about foreign higher education. However, the last mile problem is with the approach of the bill. Creating some barriers for entry is good, but creating them so high that nobody can jump over them is unrealistic. Full story on All Eyes on India.

Pawan Agarwal also shared his persepctives on the bill. He argues that "the key to the success of Sibal’s landmark initiative lies in allowing partnerships between the foreign universities and the Indian public and private universities and the Indian private sector to flourish and prosper. There is a need for unambiguous provision in the law to make it happen; otherwise this law may in fact be a step backwards.

While, few…

Global Accreditation for Indian Business Schools

My article on global accreditation options for Indian B-schools was published in EDU magazine. Accreditation is a clear recognition of a school’s ability to match global standards and communicates a commitment to quality and excellence. In India, SP Jain and MDI are accredited by AMBA and IIM-A and IIM-B are accredited by EQUIS. Currently, no Indian B-school is accredited by AACSB but at least three business schools are working towards it. In contrast, there are nine Chinese B-schools accredited by AACSB.

Guru Mantra: Jason Katcher, Google

Jason Katcher
Head of Education & Recruitment Advertising

Jason has spent the last 3 years helping drive the for-profit education sector within Google’s North American advertising division. His team oversees relationships with the majority of the marquee players in the private sector education, helping customers and agencies navigate the Google ecosystem to connect with potential students in a cost-effective, transparent manner. Through direct response and brand marketing channels, his team continues to serve as both media partner and advisor to schools in the dynamic world of digital marketing. Joining Google in January 2005, Jason helped to establish the inside sales focus around Google's Local business practice mainly to real estate, automotive and employment business models. Before joining Google, Jason spent 3 years in the traditional media business publishing a government recruitment trade magazine which helped to connect large defense contractors and federal agenc…