Playing host to Swedish students - XLRI, a part of an international exchange programme

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By OUR CORRESPONDENT in Jamshedpur
  • Published 3.11.06
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Jamshedpur, Nov. 3: XLRI is abuzz with activities as this time the B-school is playing host to two students from Sweden as part of its international student exchange programme.

These students were also a part of the dandiya and Diwali celebrations.

Anna Jakobsson, an exchange student of Malardalen University, told The Telegraph: “After 14 days in India you really start to like the country and its people. Compared to Sweden, India differs in many ways, but most of it is good. It’s a big challenge to attend these courses because the language and method of teaching varies. I am looking forward to learn the Indian culture and its tradition during my three months’ stay at the B-school campus.”

The two students, now already a part of the XLRI community, can be seen everywhere, from local markets and the cafeteria to the football field.

They are also actively participating in projects.

Niklas Larsson, a student from the same university, said, they underwent a rigorous selection procedure to participate in the programme.

“Besides learning, the basic idea of such an exchange programme is to promote cross-cultural activities. Institutes like the IIMs and XLRI are looked upon with high esteem in Sweden. Particularly XLRI is known for its world class faculty in the personnel management and industrial relations (PMIR) course,” said Niklas.

He is enjoying his stay on the campus where all the students are friendly and interested to know more about their country and university.

Dean (academics) of XLRI, P. Venugopal informed, as a part of the exchange programme two students of the B-school, Khushboo Jha and Vivekdeep Gupta have been sent to Sweden in September this year, while four other students have been sent to Philippines.

The Swedish students would be exposed to various outdoor activities during their stay at the B-school campus.

Officials of the B-school informed that efforts are on to initiate similar student exchange programmes with universities in Australia.

Officials of the B-school visited Australia last month and met top authorities of Victoria University and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology for fostering a similar student exchange programme, said a source.