Jamshedpur, Mar 7 XLRI recently signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with two reputed B-schools, Grenoble Ecole de Management in France and Aston Business School, the UK.
“The activities covered in the MoUs are similar to those signed with most institutes, namely student and faculty exchange programmes and joint research work,” E Abraham, director of XLRI, told FE on Thursday. The MoUs were signed last week.
XLRI has so far signed student & faculty exchange programmes with 13 institutions around the world. Some of them are the Asian Institute of Management (Manila), the Asian Institute of Technology (Bangkok), the Malardalen University (Sweden), the Universiteit Antwerpen Management School (Antwerp), the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Melbourne), and the Loyola University (Chicago). The B-school’s French connection started with the University Bordeaux in southwest France and went on to the Audencia Nantes Ecole de Management, and then to EM Lyon, a leading international and European business school.
However, its latest MoU with the Lille Catholic University, signed in January during the French President’s visit to the country, covers a student and faculty exchange programme that is unlike most others. XLRI students intending to join the programme will be offered four to five scholarships.
During academic year June 2008-May 2009, the B-school can send at least 40 of its students under exchange programmes it has with the 13 institutions.
"The seats are nominated and stand distributed over the institutes. The total period of the exchange is three months---or one full term," said the director. The number of students actually accepting the exchange programme will be announced later.
Barring some scholarships being offered by some of the institutions, in most cases it is the student interested in joining the exchange programme who has to arrange for the finance as well.
The B-school has so far decided to send one of its professors to Loyola University in Chicago in May-June.
XLRI is expecting a couple of professors from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), Manila to conduct a workshop on ‘case studies’ as AIM is considered to be strong in that field.