Company: DEAKIN AND APESMA
Sector: EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
DEAKIN AND APESMA INVEST IN INDIAN EDUCATION
In 1996, Deakin University and the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia, APESMA, joined to offer an MBA (Technology Management) by distance education in India. The first students graduated in early 1999; to date, over 500 students have enrolled, making it the largest international MBA offered in India. The success of the degree allowed Deakin/APESMA to open an office in New Delhi in 1999; they also expanded their course offerings to include a Graduate Diploma and a Graduate Certificate in Technology Management.
While initially starting from an Australian based course, over time Deakin/APESMA have built strong links with other Indian graduate institutions to develop the course and meet Indian needs. For example, the courses were customised by leading academics from the Indian Institutes of Management, Ahmedabad and Kolkatta, and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. This makes them the only international management courses on offer in India that are tailored to suit Indian business conditions. Deakin built links with Delhi University through student and teacher exchanges, and APESMA has links with sister organisations in India. They also are developing an alumni contact base.
Six Indian based staff support the Deakin/APESMA joint venture; their responsibilities include marketing initiatives, office coordination, student support and academic liaison. Melbourne based Deakin and APESMA staff also support the venture by providing academic administrative support. The future direction of this venture is to incorporate international and Indian readings and case studies to make the original Australian based course uniquely international.
Source: Deakin University/APESMA, 2001.