The Schulich School of Business at York University and GMR Group, one of the world’s leading infrastructure developers, recently signed an agreement to build a Schulich campus in Hyderabad, India.
It will become the first full-fledged campus of a major, top-ranked international business school in India.
Groundbreaking took place over the summer and the new campus is scheduled to open in September 2013.
Located within GMR’s aerotropolis development in Hyderabad, the campus will occupy approximately 15 acres of land and also feature a number of corporate campuses dedicated to various industries, including health care, logistics and aerospace.
Schulich’s GMR campus will operate as a seamless extension of Schulich’s Toronto campus, ensuring the same high quality of programs, faculty and students. Schulich will initially offer its two-year MBA program to 120 students at the Hyderabad campus, along with Executive Education programs. As part of the partnership, Schulich will develop the learning environment and academic infrastructure while GMR Group will provide the land and the physical campus, which will include a residential facility. The campus will provide a state-of-the-art setting for students, faculty, staff and executives, and eventually offer other degree and non-degree programming, including an Executive MBA, Post-MBA Diploma in Advanced Management and Executive Education.
Taking part in the signing were G.M. Rao, Founder and Chairman of GMR Group; Mamdouh Shoukri, President and Vice-Chancellor of York University; Dezsö J. Horváth, Dean of the Schulich School of Business; K. Balasubramanian, Member, GMR Holding Board; and V. Raghunathan, CEO, GMR Varalakshmi Foundation.
“We are proud of our partnership with GMR in order to build a new Schulich campus in Hyderabad, India,” said Shoukri.
“Our university has built a strong reputation, both here and abroad, for the quality of our academic programs, for the calibre of our graduating students and for our outreach to the business community. We are confident that this new campus will continue to inspire students in the region to take advantage of the opportunities that York has to offer.”
“The GMR campus of the Schulich School of Business will be a mirror image of Schulich’s Toronto campus, with first-rate facilities, international faculty and an internationally-focused curriculum,” said Schulich Dean Dezsö J. Horváth.
“We will attract the best and the brightest students from India and abroad and prepare them for global careers in India and elsewhere in the world.”
“GMR will bring its world-class infrastructure development skills to the table, while the Schulich School of Business will bring its expertise as one of the world’s top-rated MBA and Executive Education providers. The campus in India will provide another high quality option for business management education to the best of the Indian and international students interested in Asian markets, given that the world economic stage has leaned significantly towards Asia in recent years,” said G.M. Rao.
Known as Canada’s Global Business School, the Schulich School of Business in Toronto is ranked among the world’s leading business schools by a number of global surveys.
Schulich’s MBA program is ranked number one in the world by the Aspen Institute (a Washington, DC-based leadership think tank) in a global survey that identified which schools are doing the best job of preparing future business leaders for the environmental, social and ethical complexities of modern-day business.
Schulich’s MBA program is also ranked among the world’s leading schools by The Economist, Forbes, and Bloomberg Businessweek.
The Kellogg global network of EMBA partner schools, which includes the Kellogg- Schulich EMBA, is ranked number five in the world, and the Kellogg-Schulich EMBA is ranked number one in Canada.
Schulich offers business programs year-round at three campuses – its state-of-the-art complex at York University; its Miles S. Nadal Management Centre located in the heart of the Toronto’s financial district; and its facility at the S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research in Mumbai, India, where the School offers The Schulich MBA in India, the first MBA program to be delivered in the country by a leading international business school from outside India.
Schulich also operates a number of satellite centres in Beijing, Shanghai, Mumbai, Seoul and Moscow and has more than 22,000 alumni working in over 90 countries.
The School pioneered Canada’s first International MBA (IMBA) and International BBA (iBBA) degrees, as well as North America’s first-ever cross-border executive MBA degree, the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA.
The GMR Group is a Bangalore-based global infrastructure major with interests in airports, energy, highways and urban infrastructure.
It has successfully employed the public-private partnership model to build a portfolio of high quality assets. The company has 16 power projects of which three are operational and 13 are under various stages of implementation and nine road projects, of which six are operational and three are under construction.
The company is setting up an 800 MW gas based power project in Jurong Island in Singapore.
In the airports sector, it has developed and commissioned the Greenfield international airport at Hyderabad. Around this airport, it is developing a modern aerotroplis.
The company, besides operating the existing Delhi international airport, has also built a brand new integrated terminal, T3, which was commissioned in time for the Commonwealth Games in 2010.
It has also upgraded and constructed the Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen international airport and is operating it.
It recently acquired the Male international airport in the Mal-dives.
It is also developing three large urban infrastructure projects – a port-based, an airport-based and a city-based special economic zones.
The company has also ventured into sports, and through its subsidiary, GMR Sports, owns the IPL-promoted Delhi’s T20 cricket team – the Delhi Daredevils.
The company is committed to social development initiatives and executes these through its social responsibility arm, the GMR Varalakshmi Foundation.
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Posted: Dec 1, 2011