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IIMA’s ex-Fellow appointed Dean at Italian varsity’s India campus

Bocconi University is the first foreign university to come up with an offshore campus in India.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: September 16, 2014 10:26:01 am

Former IIMA Fellow Himanshu Rai has been appointed as Dean of the Indian campus of Italy’s premier B-school SDA Bocconi School of Management, known as MISB Bocconi, located in Powai, Maharashtra.

On of the top B-schools globally, Bocconi University is the first foreign university to come up with an offshore campus in India and made the announcement on Monday.

Rai, who obtained his doctorate from Indian Institute of Management (IIM)-Ahmedabad, in the area of Conflict Resolution and Negotiation between 2000-2005, will drive the strategic development and management of the academic and executive programmes of MISB Bocconi. After IIMA, he taught at XLRI School of Business and Human Resources, Jamshedpur for almost a year, after which he joined IIM-Lucknow in August 2006, where he also held the position of being the CAT Convenor for 2010.

“People are looking to India as it has a vast potential, especially in providing education in niche areas like Retail management, food and beverages, luxury fashion, family businesses, foods and beverages, internet, social, and mobile marketing specially aimed at executives and I foresee a great rush in these areas in the next five years.

MISB Bocconi is the only off-shore campus of SDA Bocconi School of Management that offers full fledged PGP courses and we plan to begin executive education soon. My endeavors will be to create a new precedent in management education by marrying Bocconi’s global pedigree and experience with India’s rich cultural ethos and opportunity,” said Rai on his role at MISB that was set up in 2012 and has commenced its third PGP (Post Graduate Programme) batch this year.

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