Management School Partners With University in India

Faculty and Student Exchanges Part of Agreement with Jindal Business School

Dec. 9, 2010

The UT Dallas School of Management and Jindal Global Business School (JGBS) near Delhi, India, will collaborate on faculty and student exchanges, as well as teaching and research projects, as part of an agreement announced last week.

The two schools also plan to cooperate on conferences, publications and continuing education programs under the agreement.

“This collaboration will bring together faculty and students from both schools to create knowledge and share experiences that will address the problems of business and industry in India and the U.S.,” said Professor C. Raj Kumar, vice chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU).

UT Dallas President David Daniel said, “We welcome innovation, are on the lookout for opportunities to collaborate and take pride in our multidisciplinary approach to teaching and learning. This agreement with Jindal Global University touches on all those values.  I look forward to the rewards this partnership will yield for both universities.”

The agreement will give faculty and students a chance to work at a new business school located in the world’s largest democracy. The benefits will be many, said Dr. Hasan Pirkul, dean of the School of Management. “This partnership reflects the strong commitment of both Jindal Global University and the School of Management to promote global education,” he said.

Students will be able to exchange ideas and question their assumptions in an international context, said Professor Gregory Dess, holder of the UT Dallas Andrew R. Cecil Endowed Chair in Applied Ethics.

“Given that we all compete in globally competitive environments, such experience should give them a competitive advantage in employment and career opportunities,” Dess said. “Also, learning in an international context will heighten their cultural sensitivity and awareness.”

The director of the School of Management’s International Management Programs, Dr. Habte Woldu, said UT Dallas students will have some rich lessons to learn under the program.

“In our recent study trip to several Indian conglomerates, we realized that the West, including the U.S., has a lot to learn from them, not only to be able to operate and succeed in India, but also to learn how to develop long-term business objectives and adopt a forward-looking business strategy,” Woldu said.

The JGU/UT Dallas partnership will help enhance the university’s links with an important part of the BRIC [Brazil, Russia, India and China] countries, said Dr. Mike Peng, global strategy expert and the Provost’s Distinguished Professor of Global Strategy at UT Dallas.

“This collaboration will also enhance faculty’s global expertise in general and India and South Asia-specific expertise in particular,” Peng said. “As increasing research attention is devoted to emerging economies such as India, access to high-quality databases and company sites in India, via this agreement, will enhance our ability to publish world-class research.”


Media Contact: Jill Glass, UT Dallas, (972) 883-5989, jglass@utdallas.edu
or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu
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Jindal Global University

The Jindal Global Business School near Delhi, India.



New University Has UT Dallas Ties

O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) was launched in 2009 with funding from Naveen Jindal, a leading industrialist and a member of India’s Parliament.

Naveen JindalNaveen Jindal

Today, his passion for impacting generations of students continues with this newly signed partnership between the Indian university he endowed in his father’s name, and his alma mater, the UT Dallas School of Management, where he earned an  MBA in the early 1990s.

JGU’s founding chancellor, Jindal credits UT Dallas with giving him the tools to make many significant changes when he returned to his native country.

The vision of JGU is to promote courses, programs, curriculum, research, collaborations and interaction on a global basis. The university also has established collaborations with Yale University, Indiana University and the University of Michigan.

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