Robin (left) is in India to forge greater links between the two institutions

Professor Robin Mason accompanies Vice-Chancellor on Indian visit

A high-level delegation from the University of Exeter including Business School Dean, Robin Mason, today visited IIM Bangalore (IIMB) to cement the collaborative partnership between the two institutions.

They formalised an MoU with IIMB and reviewed the progress of ongoing research and education exchange in areas of mutual interest, which include Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Service Management; Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Sustainability, Economics and Heath Care.

IIMB is widely recognised to be India’s top business school.

As part of the wide-ranging partnership, IIMB and Exeter are working together in the areas of collaborative research, bilateral faculty and student mobility, mutual exchange of information and experiential learning, participation in publication, seminars, conferences, lectures and related activities.

During the formal MoU signing ceremony, Professor Pankaj Chandra, Director IIMB said, “It is encouraging to observe the progress that IIMB and Exeter have made in a short period of time. Joint faculty projects in the areas of corporate social responsibility and service process management are underway, and we have already begun student as well as faculty exchange. The collaboration is stimulating keen interest amongst the IIMB community. Today’s meetings have further strengthened academic links between India and the UK.”

Professor Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Exeter said: “The University of Exeter and Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore are combining their expertise to help shape the future of business and management in both countries. Academics from the University of Exeter Business School are working with IIMB to assess how health care services can be improved, to understand how decisions are made in business and to analyse the lives, networks and experiences of the directors of Indian companies. This official agreement paves the way for a very exciting future of working together.”

Some of the projects and activities already in progress include:

  • A joint proposal for UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI 2) funding to look at issues around corporate governance and the training of non-executive directors of Indian companies.
  • CSR Education and Research Project, which aims to develop teaching and learning resources for business ethics and corporate social responsibility. CSR is expected to be very high on the agenda of India’s Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
  • Joint research is also being undertaken comparing the delivery of healthcare services in India and the UK.
  • IIM-B students have participated in Exeter’s international summer school in 2010 and 2011.

More information about IIM-B can be found on its website

Date: 17 November 2011

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