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Deakin University, Australia and Indian School of Business (ISB) to collaborate for joint research, teaching

Enter into MoU to provide more opportunities to further internationalise the curriculum of both schools.
Mumbai, October 26, 2015: Deakin University, one of the Australia's most respected and awarded public centres of higher education and the Indian School of Business (ISB), a world class Business school, today signed a memorandum of association (MoU) for collaboration in the areas of research, teaching, student exchange programmes, internationalising the curriculum and development of innovative approaches to meeting international accreditation standards, among others.

Professor Michael Ewing, Dean of Deakin Business School, Deakin University, and Professor Sridhar Seshadri, Senior Associate Dean, Faulty and Research, ISB signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the ISB campus earlier, to operationalise the collaboration.

The MoU has been signed for an initial period of three years starting 21st October 2015.  As a part of the agreement, both partners would endeavour to conduct joint research, teaching and engagement in areas of common interest, including the provision of opportunities for further internationalising the curricula of business programs offered by ISB and Deakin Business School (DBS).

Speaking on the occasion, Professor Ewing, Executive, Dean of Deakin Business School said, “We are absolutely delighted to being taking this next, logical step in further cementing a long-term, mutually rewarding partnership with our friends and colleagues at ISB.  Faculty have visited each other’s institutions on a few occasions already and we recently successfully piloted a joint, synchronous case study – whereby ISB and DBS students analyzed the same case-study in real-time. This is an innovative approach to enable authentic cross-cultural interaction for geographically dispersed students.  We will continue to innovate, push boundaries and look for synergies in the partnership.”

Sharing ISB’s opinion on the partnership, Professor Sridhar Seshadri, Senior Associate Dean, Faculty and Research, ISB said, “ISB has been at the forefront of innovative, high-quality research and has been acknowledged as one of the most research productive Indian management institutions globally. We are happy to collaborate with Deakin University, as this is a great opportunity for us to expand the frontiers of research globally with a like minded partner”

Under the Teaching and Learning activities, the partners have already begun to engage in academic collaboration including exchange of resource material that are of mutual interest and assessment of units for credit for prior learning for academic programs offered at each institution.  Other activities include student mobility programs, staff exchange programs and special short-term academic programs of mutual benefit to both institutions.

The research engagements provides exciting collaborative opportunities, and opportunities for the joint supervision of doctoral students, exist across the breadth of the DBS discipline areas under the Deakin India Research Initiative (DIRI).  Through DIRI, a one of its kind initiative, Deakin provides a full tuition fee waiver of approximately valued at $90,000 (Australian) and an in-country stipend paid to the student by the Indian partner.

The partnership will be coordinated through Deakin University’s South Asia office based in New Delhi.  Deakin was one of the very first international education providers to set up operations in India in 1994. The Deakin India office facilitates activities for the University wide activities in the South Asia region including recruitment, business development, partnerships, research collaboration and mobility programs for students and staff.

Over the years, ISB has created the right eco system that generates high-quality research which is both contemporary and rigorous. The school’s industry and academic associations, and an opportunity to work in the fast growing economies attract faculty and research fellows of international repute to the school Its faculty have published their research in internationally top ranked, peer reviewed journals in every area of management and played a leading role in increasing the research output from India over the last few years. ISB is among the few schools in the world that undertakes research with a focus on emerging and transition economies, striving to create synergies between India, Asia, and the global business environment.

Deakin is renowned for developing award-winning partnerships with industry, governments, communities, professional associations and other education providers. Over the years the University has developed active partnerships with 50 plus key companies and Institutions across India.
About Deakin University, Australia
Established in 1974, Deakin University successfully combines excellence inteaching, research and effective partnerships with industry and government to deliver high quality courses and undertake research that makes a difference to the domestic and international communities it serves. Deakin is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 50,000 students in four Victorian campuses across Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool.

Amongst the recent accolades won by the University, Deakin was awarded a 5-star rating by the prestigious university ranking organisation Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and is in the top 50 of the QS ranking of the world's universities under 50 years.

Deakin is now in the top 3 per cent of the world's universities in each of the three major international rankings including the prestigious Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings.
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About Indian School of Business
The Indian School of Business (ISB) is a global business school offering world-class management education across its two campuses – Hyderabad and Mohali. The School has grown at a rapid pace over the fourteen years since its inception and already has several notable accomplishments to its credit – it is the youngest school ever to consistently rank among the top Global MBA programs, the first institution in South Asia to receive the prestigious AACSB accreditation, one of the largest providers of Executive Education in Asia, and the most research productive Indian management institution. A vibrant pool of research-oriented resident faculty, strong academic associations with leading global B-schools and the backing of an influential Board, have helped the ISB fast emerge as a premier global Business school in the emerging markets.  For more details visit
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