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The Warwick Business School, standing 130 km from London, will have its second address in India. The headquarters in the UK may be in sparsely populated Coventry but the management institute is looking at bustling Delhi for its new campus. Ever since India spoke of opening its doors to foreign universities, several top institutions have considered coming to its shores, but few have actually taken a step.
The Schulich School of Business of Canada's York University is building its campus in Hyderabad. Most others have set up India offices that assist and attract prospective students, tap into the colleges' alumni, build relations with large Indian conglomerates, run some short programmes for executives or act as research centres that collect raw material on an emerging economy and a maturing market called India. None of that is what Warwick wants to do in India. Like the Schulich School, it is looking at advancing what it has already built in the UK. It is working with the Batra Group, headed by a family that sent many of its children to Warwick for an education. "We have ordered a feasibility study for the project from a consultancy firm which is looking at several issues like the location to set up the school and other things that the project entails, including the areas that are important for the growth and development for this part of the world, for our Asia campus that will be located in India," said WBS dean Mark Taylor. The school's core will be research, around which teaching will be designed. "What we will produce here will be the same as what we produce on the main campus," added Taylor, an Oxonerian. "The school will not be a data collection centre that will procure data and transport a bag to the main campus," said WBS' associate dean Qing Wang. Over a decade ago, Warwick was undoubtedly one of the finest schools in the UK to study business, but it has slipped not just in ranking, but also in students' preferences. In 2009 came its low point when funding was cut based on a UK government Research Assessment Exercise, in which Warwick was trumped by both Cardiff and Manchester business schools. Soon after, Taylor took the reins of the school and it swung back to a better place in global rankings. "It is important to keep the academic rigour high, bring in first-grade practitioners to teach and ensure that there is application of research," said Taylor, who has been working to bring back the glorious days of Warwick.
Courtesy: Times of India
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