Expanding its base to the international market, SCMS Cochin, a noted B-school, is set to open a new campus in London by the end of this month. ,In an interview to MBA Universe.com, Dr GPC Nayar, chairman, SCMS group, said the London campus will become operational by September. The institute has already designed the courses and curriculum of programmes to be offered by SCMS London.
"The London campus is all set to start. We will initially offer two-year management programmes and a few others like BA, and courses in English language," Dr Nayar said, adding "We will commence post graduate programmes in management by this month in association with reputed universities in the UK."
SCMS Cochin is accredited by the ACBSP (USA) and is an affiliate member of the ABS (UK). The group has grown from a single institution under the Prathap Foundation for Education and Training in 1976 to a group of 10 reputed institutions in various disciplines. Dr G P C Nayar is the founder chairman of the group. The SCMS Group currently has campuses in Kalamasserry and Karukutty in Kerala and in Bangalore.
The new campus, according to the institution, is part of the SCMS Group's effort to have a footprint in the global business management education sector. The core team of academia and administration visited London several times before finally giving the campus its present shape.
Dr John Ryan, an accomplished academician with several years of professional experience in academics and industry, has been roped in as the director of SCMS London. Dr Ryan will be responsible for academic leadership, external relations, and strategic and operational functions of the school.
Dr Ryan has education and doctoral degrees in management from various leading universities like Oxford, Cambridge, Greenwich and University of Kiel. Professor Ryan held senior administrative and academic positions at various business schools such as German Graduate School of Management and Law, Cass Business School and New York University. Professor Ryan worked as a senior consultant for 15 year advising private and public sector organizations. He is also a visiting fellow at the centre for International Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science.
"With the campus in London, our global exposure will increase and this will help enrich our faculty and student community," said Dr Nayar, adding, "Our faculty members in Cochin will be able to interact with the faculty members in London and this will help grow their global exposure. Similarly, students of a particular campus can visit the other campus and vice versa. It will help broaden their global perspective towards business education" he added.