Wednesday, March 31, 2010

BWI: Darden School of Business and IIMA Announce Partnership

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Source: Business Wire
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 12:30 PM IST (07:00 AM GMT)
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(BW)(VA-DARDEN-BUSINESS)Darden School of Business and IIMA Announce Partnership

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States and Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, Wednesday, March 31, 2010 -- (Business Wire India) --

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business and the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) announce the signing of a new partnership.

"We believe that this relationship between two strong global business schools - Darden and IIMA - will provide immediate benefits to both schools and offer significant opportunities well into the future," says Peter Rodriguez, Darden's associate dean for international affairs and director of Darden's Tayloe Murphy Center International, which provides international opportunities for students and executives and develops research and educational programs to enhance understanding of international issues.

"While the student exchange program will be in operation this very year," says Professor Samir Barua, director of IIMA, "we envisage the collaboration will facilitate activities in the area of joint case writing and research, given that both Darden and IIMA use the case method in their programs."

Tayloe Murphy International Fellowships will bring young IIMA faculty to Darden for a month to further develop their case-teaching and case-writing skills.

IIMA has international student exchange programs with more than 50 leading business schools across continents. IIMA partners with nearly 10 leading B-schools in North America, including the Columbia Business School, New York; University of Texas, Austin; and the Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University, to name a few.

The Darden School has international partnerships with 22 leading business schools. In India, Darden is also an active partner of the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad and XLRI (Xavier Labour Relations Institute) School of Business and Human Resources of Jamshedpur.

"By linking our two strong programs together, Darden and IIMA solidify a linkage that will foster student exchange, joint case-writing and research and a future of closer connections between the best students and faculty anywhere," says Rodriguez.

"The memorandum of understanding," adds Professor Arnab Laha, faculty coordinator of student exchange at IIMA, "will enhance the diversity and vibrancy of both our campuses."

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business:

Founded in 1954, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business is a professional school that offers world-class Executive Education and MBA programs and improves society by developing principled leaders for the world of practical affairs.

About the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad:

IIMA, the premiere business school in India, has been at the forefront of management education in the country for the last five decades due to its top-class infrastructure, highly knowledgeable and experienced faculty, strong global alumni network, competitive students, robust curriculum and industry-wide affiliations.

Darden School of Business
Julie Daum, Director of Communication
Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
Ishita Solanki, Manager, Global Partnerships and Corporate Affairs
+91 79 66324889


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