India: Mumbai business school goes Down Under

India: Mumbai business school goes Down Under
SP Jain Institute of Management Studies, is set to start its own campus in Australia

On the one hand, the higher education sector is agog with talks of the foreign universities bill, and how it will enable overseas institutions to set up shops in India and offer degrees independently.

On the other hand, the city’s leading B-school, SP Jain Institute of Management Studies, is set to start its own campus in Australia. It will start offering Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree down under from this year itself.

“It is a unique and truly global BBA programme with a two-city model. In the four-year programme, students will spend the first two years in Singapore, followed by two years in Sydney,” said Indu Shahani, chair, international advisement, SP Jain, and principal of HR College.

“SP Jain is constructing its own campus at the Sydney Olympic Park precinct. The Australian government has already given it the permission,” she added.

It is the first institute in the city to open a campus in Australia. The Sydney campus will be ready by 2012. SP Jain currently has campuses in Dubai and Singapore.

“There is a great demand for a global programme. A lot of learning happens outside classrooms, and this is significantly enhanced outside one’s native land. It gives you exposure to diverse cultures and business environments,” Nitish Jain, president of SP Jain Centre of Management, said. “Also, we now seek to establish a presence in Sydney with Australian faculty to broaden the experience of students who enrol for our programmes. The twin-country experience will allow students to gain diverse perspectives and help in crafting global managers.”

He added that the degree SP Jain would be awarding will be equivalent to any other Australian degree.

For the BBA programme, students will have to take SP Jain’s internal test.

Those shortlisted will have to go through an evaluation process, following which the selected students will be offered admission.

The application process for the academic year 2010-11 has started.

ADN, 28/04/10