Sunday, August 19, 2007

XLRI signs MoU with AB Freeman School, Tulane University

Today a memorandum of understanding was signed between AB Freeman School of Business, Tulane University and XLRI, Jamshedpur to initiate an exchange program between the two schools. Representing Tulane University were the Dr Angelo DeNisi, Dean, and Dr. John Trapani, Vice-Dean and head of International Programs, who made the journey down to Jamshedpur with a view to work out all the required arrangements and modalities. Also present was Dr. Arup Varma, an alumnus of XLRI and Professor at Loyola University, Chicago, who facilitated the process.

The memorandum includes an exchange not only of students, but also of faculty. Faculty of both schools would go to the other campus and teach various courses. Also in the pipeline is an arrangement whereby AB Freeman faculty will conduct courses as per XLRI’s Management Development Program for working executives. They would also come together to conduct joint Management Development Programs at XLRI’s centers at Dubai and Singapore. XLRI will also contribute to and gain experience from the Faculty Development Program at the AB Freeman School. As part of the student exchange program, students from XLRI would spend a semester at the AB Freeman School of Business and vice versa. Students of XLRI’s General Management Program are expected to visit Tulane this year as part of the international exposure component in their program, for which the expenses will be borne by the institute. Keeping in mind AB Freeman faculty’s expertise in the field of finance, the two institutes have also planned to conduct joint Master’s programs in finance and strategy.

Tulane University has been imparting education in business for almost a century, and the school of business was one of the first 15 business schools to be recognized in the US. Rechristened the AB Freeman School of Business in 1984, it offers a wide variety of programs from the undergraduate to the doctoral level. With a strong focus on finance and entrepreneurship, its specialized programs like the Faculty Development Program are also acclaimed and in high demand. As part of a vibrant exchange program, the AB Freeman School has ties with universities in Latin America and Asia, and receives almost 100 international students annually.


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