23 Oct 2020 14:00 IST

IIM Indore teams up with University of Denver

The partnership is said to provide for faculty mobility, to teach and conduct research at DU

In line with the mission of IIM Indore to remain contextually relevant and provide world-class academics to the students, the institute joined hands with the University of Denver (DU), Colorado, US on October 22. The MoU signed by Prof Himanshu Rai, Director, IIM Indore, and Prof Mary Clark, Provost and Executive Vice-Chancellor, University of Denver, aims to develop academic and educational collaboration and to encourage mutual understanding between the two institutes.

Providing reciprocal opportunities

Professor Rai noted that IIM Indore currently has collaborations with 35+ foreign universities and this is yet another effort to offer students with an opportunity to exchange ideas and do research projects at DU. “We are planning to offer a programme where IIM Indore students will have an option to pursue an additional year of study at DU to earn a transcripted graduate certificate, along with degree at our institute as well. We also look forward to providing reciprocal opportunities for faculty to teach and conduct research with international counterparts,” he said. He noted that founded in 1864, DU is the oldest private university in the Rocky Mountain region of the US and ranks among the top universities in the world.

“This agreement will focus on several key initiatives supported by the Office of Internationalisation, with a long-term goal of expanding collaborative initiatives to other academic units. We also look forward to providing reciprocal opportunities for faculty to teach and conduct research with international counterparts,” said DU Provost Mary Clark. She added that IIMI has a Triple Crown accreditation — AMBA, AACSB, and EQUIS; and is a top-ranking business school in India.

Cultivating inter-cultural understanding

Prof Vivek Choudhury, Dean of Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver added, “This is a great opportunity for our business students to study abroad in India and for us to recruit students from India to the Daniels College of Business. We look forward to building a long-term partnership with IIM Indore.”

Prof Uttiyo Raychaudhuri, Vice Provost for Internationalisation at the University of Denver in his comments said that “Through collaboration with IIMI, the University will facilitate cross-campus opportunities for international education; student, staff and faculty mobility; research; student support, and international engagement which furthers the vision of our office of building competencies that connect the local to the global, cultivating critical thinking, learning, and inter-cultural understanding from the multiple perspectives that serious international engagement offers.”

The institutes will now team up for activities in the academic areas of joint interest; which includes the exchange of academic and administrative staff and students, conducting combined research projects and lectures.