30 Oct 2020 18:49 IST

TAPMI inks pact with University of Southampton

The collaboration is said to be in alignment with sustainability development goals

The Manipal-based TA Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) and University of Southampton (SOTON), UK, have signed a memorandum of association to develop academic and research collaborations. Faculty from both schools joined the signing ceremony that was held digitally.

On this collaboration, Madhu Veeraraghavan, Director, TAPMI, said the international collaborations form a part of his vision to facilitate the development of high-quality management education in India. In this process, TAPMI’s quest for high-quality research creates more mind space among emerging management educators. TAPMI also contributes to the management education community, he said.

Shared vision

Raghunath Rudran, Professor and Dean (Research) at TAPMI, said he sees this collaboration to be totally synergistic with the PRME (principles for responsible management education) efforts and in alignment with sustainability development goals.

“We have a shared view that sustainable development forms the metal bridge between the UK and India to support and deepen our collaboration activities,” he said. Laura Costanzo, Head of Southampton Business School at the University of Southampton, applauded the joint efforts put in by both schools at the time of Covid.

Mutually beneficial

Padmadas Sabu, Associate Dean (International), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Southampton, made a presentation on University of Southampton, and Vishwanathan Iyer, Associate Dean (Academics) of TAPMI, spoke about various avenues for faculty and student exchanges in both schools.

The heads of internationalisation in both schools — Kavitha Ranganathan, Associate Professor of TAPMI, and Rob Angell, Director of Internationalisation and Associate Professor at University of Southampton — emphasised that both institutions have already conceived brilliant research ideas, subject level roundtables, and avenues for faculty and student exchange over the next three years.