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JAMMU: Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Jammu and the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA on Wednesday signed an agreement to develop academic exchanges for students and faculty members and channel research collaborations.
The agreement was signed off virtually by both partners in the presence of senior representatives, including Director Professor B. S. Sahay, Prof Jabir Ali, and Dr. Aakash Kamble from IIM Jammu, and by Dr. Jeffrey Gingerich, Acting President and Provost/Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, Gerald Zaboski – Vice President for Enrollment Management and External Affairs, Dr. Sam Beldona – Dean, and Dr. Murli Rajan, Associate Dean, Kania School of Management from The University of Scranton.
This strategic collaboration paves a roadmap for the internationalization of education with a broader objective to build synergies between both partners in academics, research, and executive education. With the National Education Policy 2020 announcing strategic changes in the associations between Indian and foreign education providers, the association between IIM Jammu and The University of Scranton provides a unique opportunity for Indian students to experience a blended variant of global education.
The strategic models of engagement have been identified to form the basis of the association. They will focus on student exchange for the MBA Programme and the 5-year Integrated Programme in Management (IPM) with faculty exchanges and doctoral research scholar exchange between the partners. The faculty members at both institutions will also conduct research collaborations and joint research projects.
Prof Sahay said, National Education Policy 2020 has given impetus to the internationalization of the Indian education system. Academic and research collaborations are the pathways to create an institute par excellence. The partnership with the University of Scranton opens up doors for IIM Jammu students to pursue international student exchange programs in the USA, thus enriching their learning experience. Faculty exchange and research collaborations will further strengthen the research output of both institutions.
Speaking at the launch, Dr. Jeffrey P. Gingerich from The University of Scranton said, “We are delighted to have an association with IIM Jammu. One of our objectives at The University of Scranton is connecting and partnering with high-achieving education providers worldwide. These partnerships are important to the University of Scranton since they provide alternative learning experiences and share ideas and experiences. The partnership with IIM Jammu will provide an opportunity to collaborate with world-class teachers and researchers and expand global research. It will also help students gain international experience that will benefit them in their future careers.”