Professor develops links with India 

PROFESSOR Brian Morgan from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) was in India last week on a visit supported by the British Council and International Business Wales. During the visit some very successful discussions have been held with educational organisations and businesses in Delhi and Bangalore. 

A key aim of the visit has been to develop the Memorandum of Understanding that UWIC’s Cardiff School of Management has recently signed with the globally recognised Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Bangalore.

A development that featured prominently in discussions with IIM was a proposal to provide a ‘customised MBA’ for international companies in India that have a significant base in Wales or the UK. 

Professor Morgan said: “It is proposed that we jointly develop an executive MBA for senior managers in these multi-national companies which would involve Indian employees doing the majority of their studies for the MBA at the IIM in Bangalore with an exchange programme built in which would allow them to spend some time at UWIC and at the company’s headquarters in Wales or elsewhere in the UK. 

“This would also mean that UWIC MBA students could undertake a similar placement in India. The MBA thesis related to this customised MBA would be focused on collaborative business practices in Wales, the UK and India.”

One area that the Indian Government is particularly keen to develop is that of ‘public private partnerships’ (PPPs) in order to boost infrastructure development to support forthcoming events such as the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010.  Professor Morgan’s team at the Cardiff School of Management is already developing a programme specifically aimed at identifying best practice in the area of PPP’s for the construction sector and introducing them more widely into infrastructure projects in Wales.

During his time in India, Professor Morgan also met the Director of Economic Development for the City of Cochin in the southern state of Kerala. The local authority in Cochin is very keen to develop closer links with the Capital City of Wales with which it is twinned. One of the ways discussed was to introduce UWIC’s Sustainable Leadership Programme that is currently being piloted with senior managers at Cardiff Council into the governance structures in Cochin.

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