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IIM Jammu, Deakin University sign agreement to offer innovative pathway programs for Indian students

JAMMU: Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Jammu and Deakin University Australia have signed an agreement to develop innovative pathway programs for Indian students with options to transfer their studies onshore at Deakin in Australia.

The agreement was signed off virtually by both partners in the presence of senior representatives, including Director Professor B S Sahay, Professor Jabir Ali and Dr Aakash Kamble from IIM Jammu and by Professor Gary Smith, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), Professor Mike Ewing, Executive Dean, Faculty of Business & Law and Ravneet Pawha, Deputy Vice President (Global) from Deakin University, Australia.

The virtual signing ceremony was witnessed by Brett Galt-Smith, Counsellor (Education and Research), Australian High Commission, New Delhi.

The strategic models of engagement have been identified to form the bases of the association and will be carried out in a phased manner. In the initial phase, an immersion program will be developed to allow MBA students at IIM Jammu to study onshore at a Deakin University campus in Australia for two weeks and complete a module.

In the next phase, the partner will be developing some hybrid pathways options for the newly developed Executive MBA at IIM Jammu through which students can study few units from DBS' flagship MBA program as a part of their curriculum.

Professor B S Sahay, Director, IIM Jammu, said, such collaborations with leading global universities align with the vision and mission of IIM Jammu to create an institute par excellence with international linkages providing a global outlook with a regional and national focus.

Speaking at the launch, Brett Galt-Smith from the Australian High Commission elaborated that high-level academic collaborations of this nature are a founding pillar for the future for any bilateral relationship, especially under the India Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, which agrees to expand education and research collaboration between the two nations.

Deakin University's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), Professor Gary Smith, said, "The partnership with IIM Jammu will be an important one as it provides an opportunity for global research, to help students to gain international experience for their future careers and to collaborate with world-class teachers and researchers."



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