In February 2007, XLRI signed an MoU with the School of Business Administration at Loyola University Chicago, U.S.A., to promote faculty and student exchange(s), in addition to joint research and programmatic activities. This partnership brings together two Jesuit institutions of repute, in addition to helping further connect two leading economies of the world.
As part of this agreement, Dr. Arup Varma, Indo-U.S. Professor of Management Studies at Loyola, and an XLRI alumnus of the 1984 PM& IR batch, is spending a term at XLRI, teaching a course in International Human Resource Management. In addition, a group of 16 graduate students (both MBA and MSHR) from Loyola will be visiting India from January 2 to January 12th, 2008. They are pursuing a course titled Global Study Abroad (India), under the guidance of Dr. Arup Varma. During their stay in India, the students will participate in several company visits in New Delhi, and also do some sightseeing in New Delhi and Agra. From Jan 6th to 12th, they will be at XLRI, where they will participate in joint classes with PM&IR students, in addition to interacting with students, faculty, and staff. Further, the students are also scheduled to visit companies in Jamshedpur, in addition to visiting some local villages to see how micro-credit is helping some tribal communities become independent and self-sufficient. Next year, Loyola will host a group of students from XLRI.
The faculty and students at XLRI and Loyola are very excited about this partnership, as it gives students at both institutions an opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture and learn about the country and its people, in addition to studying and understanding business practices. We are confident that this partnership will continue to grow, in the years to come.