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Thursday , July 15 , 2010
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A tale of two cities

When the SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai, decided to go international, the welcoming arms of Singapore were hard to resist.

“Our logic was simple. If business has gone global, why not global B-schools,” says Nitish Jain, president, SP Jain Centre for Management, Singapore. The Singapore campus came on the heels of a centre in Dubai. Almost five years since it was set up, Jain says that it’s been a “satisfying experience”.

The new centre on Hyderabad Road in downtown Singapore is spread over seven acres, and equipped with the most modern of facilities. The institute has churned out hundreds of professionals under its flagship global masters in business administration (GMBA) and executive MBA programmes for working professionals.

While the former is a one-year, full-time residential programme under the “twin-city” concept where students spend almost equal time studying in Singapore and Dubai, the latter is a flexible programme for professionals working in Singapore.

The centre has now announced a four-year global bachelor in business administration (GBBA) programme. The first two years will be taught in Singapore and the next two in Sydney.

“We are perhaps the only institute in the world to launch an undergraduate programme in business administration which involves two different cities in two different countries,” says Dawn Dekle, dean.

According to Dekle, the four-year programme would have a “very dynamic” curriculum . The students would have 106 credits over the four years, besides several certificate courses of choice in fields as varied as the arts, music and grooming. The BBA programme is accredited by the Department of Education and Training, New South Wales, Australia.

Students would also get hands-on experience with projects in companies in both Singapore and Sydney. “What we need today are complex, adaptive students who understand the business cultures of the world and the Global BBA programme will do just that,” says Jain.

Since the GBBA programme involves very young students, the centre says that it is taking care to meet their special needs. “We are aware of the fact that we will be getting very young students. So, we will design our academic programmes and other activities in such a manner that the faculty will act as mentors throughout the period,” says Dekle.

One possible downside of the programme, could be the problem of adjustment that many Indian students might face. However, the centre says that seniors from its MBA programmes and its alumni working in Singapore would act as mentors.

The first batch of students will begin their four-year journey on September 6, 2010, at the Singapore campus. The last date to apply for the programme is July 23. The total cost, including tuition, hostel fees and other expenses, comes to around USD 20,000 per annum.

The institute is also offering several awards for meritorious students. “The number of scholarships can go up to 50 per cent of the total number of students, as we want to attract the best of talent,” says Dekle. Details of the GBBA programme are available on www.spjain. org/bba/index. asp.

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