The Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad (IIM-A) is finally on its way to making its global debut, having inked an agreement with United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based BRS Ventures to establish its maiden overseas extension centre in Dubai. The proposed centre will begin with executive education programmes that are relevant to the region and will include both open learning and customised training programmes.
“With the synergy, this partnership is expected to benefit both the organisations, besides benefiting the UAE regional business and governance,” IIM-A said in a statement, though it did not give any details on when the centre will actually be set up.
IIM-A said the agreement was signed at the World Government Summit 2018, an annual Dubai event that brings together leaders for a dialogue on governmental process and policies with a focus on the issues of futurism, technology and innovation.
“The IIM-A will provide the academic and training expertise, while BRS Ventures will facilitate all the required support, including infrastructure, industry links and logistics,” it said.
Pertinently, executive programmes of IIM-A are in high demand across industries and corporations. The IIM-A-BRS combine would consider rolling out other programmes in the UAE of longer duration after assessing the response to its initial offerings and other factors.
“These programmes will be globally relevant to ensure that the cohort being trained is not restricted to any region and the learning environment is in an international cultural setting,” the communiqué said.
Hailing the partnership, IIM-A’s newly-appointed director Errol D’Souza said, “We are very happy to partner with BRS Ventures, given their distinguished services to the UAE as well as deep understanding of the region and its priorities. This will help IIM-A implement the planned activities and programmes successfully.”
IIM-A and BRS believe that the extension centre will be a major landmark to represent mutually beneficial collaboration between the two nations.
BRS Ventures manages portfolio in diversified businesses through its subsidiary companies and also owns and operates schools in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. According to BR Shetty, chairman, BRS Ventures, the IIM-A extension centre will benefit UAE and MENA regions’ economies, public policies, executive skills and industry overall.
“Later, when longer duration programmes are launched, the graduating students will be entitled for preferred employment at our own diversified businesses, while they will always remain of great interest to other government and non-government businesses in UAE and internationally,” Shetty added.