The first semester of this truly global management programme started in Shanghai, China from August, 2013 with a pioneering class of 50 students from five countries- India, China, USA, Belgium and Iran; the Indian contingent being the largest comprising of 21 students.
The unique full-time two-year, residential global management programme was launched in Shanghai,China in the presence of India's Consul General in Shanghai, Mr. Naveen Srivastava, Fr. E Abraham S.J., Director of XLRI, Dr. Robert E Widing, Dean, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western University, Dr. Jiazhen Huo, Dean, School of Economics & Management of Tongji University, Shanghai and other distinguished guests.
In January 2014, the cohort of 50 students will be heading to XLRI for the second leg of their journey, while the third semester will be held at Case Western's campus in Cleveland. Thereafter, students will return to their respective ‘home schools' for their final semester to complete courses in line with their local graduation requirements.
Speaking on the occasion of the Shanghai launch, Fr. E Abraham S.J., Director of XLRI said, "The programme to be held in three different countries will thrust the students into diverse environments and will help them to learn adapting to these challenges.
This would help students to mature as individuals and derive a great deal of self-confidence and embed a collaborative ‘win-win' worldview in them. This fledgling Global MBA program is an important step in that direction".
Sharing his views on the occasion, Dr. J. Singh, Chairman, International Relations, XLRI commented, "This is a unique, truly global MBA program with international students living and learning together under outstanding faculty drawn from each of the three partner schools in three prominent countries. It should go a long way in developing global managers with global mindsets".
On successful completion of the MBA program, students of each nationality group will receive the degree of their ‘home school' along with a certificate awarded jointly by the three partners. Interested students can also acquire a formal degree or diploma from any one of the foreign schools by completing some additional courses in the respective schools.